One-time National Football League quarterback Todd Marinovich is making a comeback of sorts at age 48, and all Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders fans will remember his time with the team during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. According to The Desert Sun, Marinovich "has joined the desert's developmental football team the SoCal Coyotes after serving as an assistant coach last season. He will be in uniform and in the huddle at Shadow Hills High School for the team's first practice August 10."
Considering his age and the reality of the SoCal Coyotes in the football world, there's virtually no chance Marinovich will see the NFL again. The former University of Southern California star played in just eight regular-season NFL games and one postseason game with the Raiders before his tenuous grip on life failed. Marinovich's story is one we don't need to recount here, but every football fan is aware of the challenges he's brought upon himself in the last quarter century.
We looked back at those nine games Marinovich played with the Raiders and chose these three as the best ones of his NFL career. Reminisce with us as you get ready for the 2017 NFL season that starts pretty darn soon!
3. October 11, 1992 vs. Buffalo Bills: The L.A. Raiders finished 7-9 in 1992, and Marinovich posted a 3-4 record as the starting QB. He started every game from Week 2 to Week 8 and then never played again in the NFL. This 20-3 win against the Bills at home was one of just two games in his career where Marinovich threw multiple touchdown passes. He also threw an interception while completing just 11 of 21 attempts. But with 188 yards, including a 52-yard scoring strike to future Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown, Marinovich posted a 94.9 QB rating for the game. His other TD pass, by the way, went to future Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson. Let those two TD-pass targets sink in for a moment when you consider Marinovich's career.
2. October 4, 1992 vs. New York Giants: The week before the Buffalo victory, the Raiders beat the Giants at home, 13-10, behind Marinovich's best statistical effort of his career. He completed 14 of 23 passes for 216 yards and one TD pass. The scoring toss was a 68-yard effort to Brown, as Marinovich led the Raiders to the comeback win after trailing 10-0 at halftime. This was the first of the three straight wins for L.A., and it was also the first victory of Marinovich's NFL career.
1. December 22, 1991 vs. Kansas City Chiefs: In a losing effort at home in Week 17, Marinovich made his first NFL appearance and start against the playoff-bound Chiefs. The Raiders defense surrendered 468 yards to the Kansas City offense, led by Steve DeBerg, so it's hard to pin this 27-21 loss on Marinovich. He threw 40 passes, completing 23 of them for 243 yards and three TDs. The Raiders were behind by 13 points entering the fourth quarter before Marinovich threw two scoring passes to get the team back to within single digits before the final whistle blew. Future Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen ran for 55 yards on just nine carries in this game, and Brown once again was the receiving star, with two TD catches. The future looked bright for the young QB on this day, but it was never to happen for him on the NFL stage.