10 NFL Busts


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Tony Mandarich
Tackle Tony Mandarich of the Indianapolis Colts stands on the sidelines during the Hall of Fame Game against the New Orleans Saints in Canton, Ohio in 1996.
Tackle Tony Mandarich of the Indianapolis Colts stands on the sidelines during the Hall of Fame Game against the New Orleans Saints in Canton, Ohio in 1996.
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In 1989, the 6-foot 6-inch, 315-pound frame of offensive tackle Tony Mandarich graced the cover of Sports Illustrated with a tagline that proclaimed him "The Incredible Bulk" and "the best offensive line prospect ever." Three years later, the same magazine anointed Mandarich "The Incredible Bust." Mandarich initially claimed that his intimidating physique was the product of a lot of weight lifting and a ton of calories. He later admitted to using steroids for five years prior to the draft [source: Kozak]. He was drafted second overall by the Green Bay Packers but was cut from the team after the '92 season. He endured an ongoing battle with alcohol and painkillers before returning to the league in 1996 with the Indianapolis Colts. Mandarich had three more average seasons before he retired.

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