Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich is set to return to football.
The 48-year-old also known as “Robo QB” isn’t returning to the NFL, because that’s an out-of-this-world impossibility. According to the Desert Sun, Marinovich is joining the SoCal Coyotes World Developmental Football League, where he spent last season as an assistant coach.
The former Trojans player, known for his uncompromising relationship with his father, has dealt with substance abuse his entire professional career. He played only one season in the NFL and was cut after he failed three drug tests in 1992.
Marinovich played in the Canadian Football League and flirted with a return to the NFL, but officially retired in 2001 with the Los Angeles Avengers, the ex-Arena Football League team that folded in 2009.
Periodically during the 2000s, Marinovich was arrested and continued to battle drug addiction, primarily methamphetamine. Less than a year ago, Marinovich was arrested for trespassing and possessing a controlled substance after being found naked in a neighbor’s backyard.
Now Marinovich is confident in his return and addressed his comfort with playing football again. Considering his football background, his run-ins with the law, and his battle with addiction, he’s still an interesting story.
“I didn’t like microphones, I didn’t like cameras. Now I can stand up here and talk all day because I have nothing to hide,” Marinovich told the Desert Sun. “Before I was hiding a ton. I didn’t want you to find out or didn’t want you to ask certain questions. Nothing is off the table now.”
Marinovich turned 48 on July 4 and begins practice on Aug. 10. He says he’s eager to get back on the gridiron.
“It’s the greatest game on the planet and I’ve been away from it for so long, and I can’t think of anything more fun,” Marinovich said.
Marinovich’s first game with the Coyotes is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 2 at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, Calif.