Marv Marinovich grew up with his extended family on a three-thousand-acre ranch in Watsonville, in northern California. The team went undefeated and won the 1958 national junior-college championship. Over time, he would develop his own system for evaluating athletes and maximizing their potential.
The spread was owned by his Croatian grandfather, J. Much of the core- and swimming-pool-based conditioning programs in use today owe nods to Marv's ideas.
As a baby, Todd was fed only fresh vegetables, fruits, and raw milk; when he was teething, he was given frozen kidneys to gnaw. He tells the story from a place of remove, as if describing something intimate that happened to someone else. It was spiraling and there was blood just flying off of it, splattering out into the air." When the catch was made, there was silence for a beat.
His latest reclamation project: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. The other part knew that it was the last few seconds of the scrimmage and the team was down by only a few points.
(See Polamalu and Marv on You Tube.) With the birth of his own two children, Traci and Todd, came the perfect opportunity for Marv to put his ideas into practice. For as long as he could remember, no matter what sport he played, he always had to win.
Marv Marinovich was the cocaptain of John Mc Kay's undefeated USC team of 1962. The team won the national championship; Marv was ejected from the Rose Bowl for fighting.
After a short NFL career, Marv began studying Eastern Bloc training methods.
His Orange County high school record for all-time passing yardage, 9,182, stood for more than two decades. "One thing that I am today and that's completely honest," he tells the Chiefs.
Now he is thirty-nine, wearing surfer shorts and rubber flip-flops. "I wouldn't change anything for the world."As he speaks, Todd fondles and flips and spins the ball.
"Some guys think the most important thing in life is their jobs, the stock market, whatever," he says. The question I asked myself was, How well could a kid develop if you provided him with the perfect environment? He took the snap and faded back, threw a perfect pass into the back corner of the end zone.
" For the nine months prior to Todd's birth on July 4, 1969, Trudi used no salt, sugar, alcohol, or tobacco. As Todd was being cleaned up, Marv convinced the coach that Todd needed to go back in the game. "That has always been my favorite route," he says now, sitting outside a little coffee shop on Balboa Boulevard, drinking a large drip with six sugars and smoking a Marlboro Red.
Later he would recognize the symptoms of his first concussion.