My Dirty Little Secrets - Steroids, Alcohol & God: The Tony Mandarich Story , Tony Mandarich, Sharon Shaw Elrod
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by Tony Mandarich, Sharon Shaw Elrod, ISBN: 978-1-932690-78-1
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For all the sports writers, fans, coaches, friends and family, “My Dirty Little Secrets” sets the record straight. On the 20th anniversary of his draft in 1989, Tony reveals the reasons why he never achieved what the nation expected of him, and what he expected of himself. His story is an inspiration for alcoholics and drug abusers, and offers hope for those struggling with addiction.

“My Dirty Little Secrets” promises to help readers

Learn about the power of addiction
Discover how co-dependency and enablers affect addicts
Understand why treatment for addictions is so important in recovery
Realize the importance of emotional support systems in the lives of alcoholics
Accept the role of the Higher Power's grace in recovery
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Biography :

Sharon was born and raised in northeast Iowa with three sisters who are still her best friends. She loved learning, which is reflected in two post-graduate degrees she earned from Nova Southeastern University and the University of Nebraska. Her career in teaching, social work and educational administration spanned three decades. During her years in Nebraska, she married Dr. Jerry D. Elrod, her life-long loving husband. Sharon has one daughter, whom she surrendered for adoption in 1966, and who returned to find Sharon in 2002. The incredible story of that experience is told in her first book, Shar's Story, a Mother and Daughter Reunited (WordWright International, 2005). Her second book “My Dirty Little Secrets - Steroids, Alcohol and God, The Tony Mandarich Story” is co-authored with her son-in-law; it is his life story with a focus on his successful recovery from drug and alcohol addiction during his years playing football in the NFL.

Tony Mandarich was born in Oakville and grew up with a love for football. After a highly successful and nationally publicized collegiate career at Michigan State University, Tony was drafted number two overall in 1989 by the Green Bay Packers. The hype about being "the best offensive line prospect ever", along with Tony's addictions, this was more than he could live up to, and his life came crashing down around him. After three more years of alcohol and painkiller abuse, Tony accepted the hand of God, went into treatment and now considers it a privilege to be able to help other addicts and alcoholics when called upon. Tony and his wife, Charlavan, have four children; they own and operate Mandarich Media Group, LLC, in Scottsdale, AZ, a full-service web media business specializing in web site development and optimization, video production, photography and internet marketing.

Book Review :

Compelling, poignant, and timely, Tony Mandarich's story, as told to Sharon Shaw Elrod, will keep the reader glued to the whole book while turning the pages to find out what's next. Although Tony is a well-known ex-football player, this book is not about football or specifically the ins and outs of his career, but it's about an NFL player that exposes his life during his infamous years in the limelight and comes clean with his addictions and overt ego. It could be anyone's story; many of us can parallel to the experiences and the need for survival, whatever it takes, even with life-threatening substances or dysfunctional behaviors.

At one time known as "The Incredible Bulk" and never tested positive for steroids, Tony now reveals his secrets and lies - the down and dirty of his addictions, not only to substances but to the need of being the best, the need of doing the best, and the need of recognition. A humbling story told with passion and conviction, Tony allows us to see that addictions can do to human spirit, family structure, and career. However, he also gives us the vision of hope and empowerment if we choose to follow the path of surrender, self-forgiveness and the belief in a Higher Power. Reading "My Dirty Little Secrets - Steroids, Alcohol and God" will touch every aspect of your being, I promise you!

(Irene Watson)

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