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Steroids fueled spectacular rise and fall

Originally Published: April 17, 2009
By Kory Kozak | ESPN

How could he not be great in the NFL? How could Tony Mandarich possibly be a bust?

I saw what might have been in 1988. I was an 18-year-old freshman defensive end at Rutgers. At that point, the Rutgers football slogan was "On the Rise" because we were always mediocre in those days. Our first game that season was against Michigan State, the 15th-ranked team in the country and defending Rose Bowl champ. They had an All-America tackle -- Tony Mandarich -- who was humiliating players every week. ...

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