MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 10 Tony Mandarich

This is the 41st in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 10 – Tony Mandarich

Offensive tackle, 1985-88, Oakville, Ontario

The skinny: Before he was arguably the biggest NFL bust of all-time, Mandarich was argued to be the best offensive line prospect ever. There was a reason the Green Bay Packers selected him No. 2 overall in the 1989 NFL Draft, ahead of Barry Sanders. A consensus All-American in 1988, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Mandarich opened holes for Lorenzo White, driving defenders 10 to 20 yards downfield, sometimes pancaking them on the turf. He is the only college football player to ever be named to John Madden’s All-Madden team. Mandarich’s legacy, however, is tarnished by his admission of steroid use, which helped him become a mammoth prospect and the most powerful offensive lineman ever to play at MSU. – Read more at

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