Marinovich, Mason thrive as artists

Updated: April 9, 2011, 7:36 PM ET
By Wendell Maxey | Special to Page 2

It's pretty safe to assume Vincent van Gogh never threw a touchdown pass or that Pablo Picasso could dunk. But for some athletes, crossing over has become a work of art.

Take Todd Marinovich.

Marinovich led USC to the Rose Bowl (1990), was a first-round NFL draft pick with the Los Angeles Raiders and battled a drug addiction on and off the field.

Today, he draws up a different life in Newport Beach, Calif., using refined strokes as an aspiring ...

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