After 30 minutes of chat Friday morning with former MSU All American Tony Mandarich, these are the highlights of the conversation:
He knew at age 11 he wanted to play in the NFL and he was willing to do whatever that took to make it.
He began using steroids in high school and it carried over at Michigan State. He was drug tested twice before the Rose Bowl but easily figured out how to beat the system so that it was no big deal. He always figured many other college players like himself used steroids.
The NFL drug testing was too good-- so he turned to alcohol and pain killers. He does not fear for his future help from all of his intake 20 years ago and he feels good-- now. He has been "clean" since 1995.
He lives with his wife in Scottsdale, Arizona and has for the past three years. They each have two children by previous marriages. Both are into photography, part of their business.
His book publisher is from Ann Arbor and his co author is not a sports fan. The book, coming in March, is complete and is 211 pages long. He did not get an advance fee and will only be paid by what the book sells.
He said whatever negatives Michigan State receives out of his steroid revelations this week will blow over in a week. His motive was not to hurt MSU but to inform people of the problems of drugs if used the way he used them.