Guest Speaker, Tony Mandarich
Born and raised in Oakville, Ontario Tony Mandarich burst onto the scene after being recruited to Michigan State University. During his NCAA time Mandarich would play in the 1988 Rose Bowl, make the first All-American team, and was a two-time lineman of the year in the Big Ten Conference. Mandarich was dubbed the “Incredible Bulk” and called the best offensive line prospect ever upon his entry to the 1989 NFL draft. In the ’89 draft Mandarich was picked second overall by Green Bay, making him the highest ever Canadian selection to the NFL.
Mandarich’s NFL career got off to a rocky start when he missed most of his first training camp with the Packers because of a contract dispute, he would spend most of his first year playing special teams. After three disappointing seasons Mandarich was released by Green Bay because of a non football injury.
In September 2008, Mandarich admitted to using steroids at Michigan State and faking a drug test before the 1988 Rose Bowl. Mandarich has denied using steroids while in the NFL but has admitted to an addiction to alcohol and painkillers while playing for the Packers.
Following his troubled time in the NFL Mandarich’s life took a dark turn. After getting cut by the Packers Mandarich turned to drugs and alcohol, his family would intervene and in March of 1995 he would enter rehab and become sober. Mandarich returned to football for three years between 1996 and 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts. Unlike his time in Green Bay Mandarich was a solid member of the Colts offensive line and would start all 16 games during the 1997 season. Mandarich retired from football in 1998 due to a shoulder injury.
After his career was over, he moved back to Canada; where he owned and operated a golf course. He spent a brief period as a TV football analyst on THE SCORE before moving to Arizona in October of 2005. Mandarich is now a photographer, creative, and digital artist full time, creating commercial & advertising campaigns for clients. His portfolio can be seen at www.TonyMandarich.com
Mandarich also published a book called “My Dirty Little Secrets—Steroids, Alcohol & God.” In that book, Mandarich ascribes his underwhelming performance with the Green Bay Packers to his painkiller addiction, which buffeted his drive and work ethic. His addiction was such that he kept syringes in his athletic supporter to have his narcotics supply close at hand. Mandarich goes on to describe his traumatic and triumphant stint in rehabilitation, and his subsequent return to the NFL. "I didn't write the book for forgiveness," Mandarich said. "I wrote the book for explanation and for, hopefully, helping somebody see the light that there is hope for addiction or alcoholism and that you can change and save your life.”
New Title Sponsor for the Dogs' Breakfast!
The Huskies Football Foundation is excited to announce that the newly constructed Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites AND Staybridge Suites, situated on College Quarter at the University of Saskatchewan, has come on board as Title Sponsor for the Dogs' Breakfast! We are very proud to have Saskatchewan's first dual-branded hotel complex that offers both short-term accommodation (Holiday Inn Express) and extended stay / full-kitchen accommodation (Staybridge Suites) under one roof, associated with this event. The College Quarter hotel complex is anticipated to open March 1st, and the Dogs' Breakfast is a go for May 3, 2018, at Prairieland Park. Get your tickets early!!!
Dogs' Breakfast 18 - May 3, 2018
Dogs’ Breakfast Thanks You!
To the Supporters of Huskie Football…THANK YOU!
Due to the amazing efforts of the Huskie Football Foundation, the financial support of our sponsors and the support that comes from our fans, the Dogs' Breakfast has become the envy of CIS athletic programs across the country. Whether it’s a first year Huskie recruit or a fifth year veteran of the Huskie Football program, we know the support that comes from this breakfast provides us the opportunity to reach our academic and athletic goals. As players, we understand that it is a privilege and an honor to be a part of this great program. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at our September 8th Homecoming football game.