Huskie Speakers and Memories
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.”
CFL on TSN Analyst, and Host of Dogs’ Breakfast XVII
A familiar voice to Canadian football fans from coast to coast, Glen Suitor joined the CFL ON TSN broadcast booth in 1995 and has since become one of Canada’s most respected and knowledgeable football analysts.
Suitor works alongside play-by-play veteran Chris Cuthbert as the game analyst for TSN’s extensive CFL coverage. The duo have called six Grey Cup championships including the historic 100th GREY CUP, which was watched by more than 5.5 million Canadians, making it the most watched CFL championship in Canadian English-language television history. In 2006, they shared the Gemini Award for Best Sports Play-By-Play or Analyst for their work on TSN’s CFL broadcasts, and in 2012 Suitor won a Canadian Screen award as the top sports analyst in the country for the 100th GREY CUP.
Past Guest Speakers
- 2018 - Tony Mandarich
- 2017 – Henry Burris
- 2016 –Rod Smith, Jock Climie, Duane Forde, Chris Jones, Kerry Joseph
- 2015 - Ronnie Lott
- 2014 - Darian Durant & Geroy Simon
- 2013 - Rueben Mayes
- 2012 - Jeff Garcia
- 2011 - Damon Allen
- 2010 - Warren Moon
- 2009 - Russ Jackson
- 2008 - Matt Dunigan
- 2007 - Ron Lancaster
- 2006 - George Reed
- 2005 - Steve Mazurak
- 2004 - Glen Suitor
- 2003 - Bobby Jurasin
- 2002 - D.D. Lewis
- 2001 - Brian Towriss