NFL Drug Problems

Baseball and Football are currently sharing the honors of being the two professional sports with more drug-related problems in America.


The MLB just had its dose of the “Mitchell Report”, and now is the turn for the San Diego Union tribune to come up with a similar report, but this time showing the names of NFL football players that have had drug issues on the past.


The list includes names 185 names dating to 1962 and 85 since 1993. And among those names are listed 52 former pro-bowlers and four hall of famers.


The sports players report relies on media reports, public records, interviews and different archives, and it involves only drugs that are now classified as “performance-enhancing or steroids and related substances” not alcohol, marijuana or cocaine.


One of the most sounded cases is the one from OT Korey Stringer, whom died of a heatstroke in 2001 while practicing at Vikings training camp. His death is related to a drug called ephedra.


The World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA is struggling with the NFL so they add more names to their list of only 10 banned stimulants, while at the WADA’s list there are 50 listed.


Until now, the war against drugs at the NFL is a passive one, as a proof, we have the cases of Shawne Merriman of the Chargers and Rodney Harrison of the Patriots, who were suspended for steroids but were allowed to be voted for the Pro-Bowl.


Gary Wadler, who serves as Chair of the organization’s prohibited list and methods committee, said that the NFL is probably scared that if a deeper investigation takes place, Football superstars might suffer suspensions ranging from 2 to 4 years.


If there is a moment to take this drug-issue at the NFL seriously is now. A time when finally a group of reporters decided to follow the steps of US Senator George E. Mitchell and brought to light a problem that can be correct with proper testing… not by the NFL but by the WADA.


NFL football history has a spot for the Mannings

The Mannings are the most famous and celebrated family in NFL football history, first Archie Manning, the father, who had a glorious 15-year NFL sports career at the NFL football league, then middle son Peyton Manning, who led the Colts to a victory on Super Bowl XLI, and the youngest one, Eli Manning, who led the Giants to their Super Bowl victory against the Patriots for New England’s only loss of the past NFL season. The only member of the Manning clan that is not currently playing professional football is Cooper, whose NFL football aspirations ended when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis.


Archie Manning was real talented when he was an active quarterback a while ago, but sadly he got stuck on bad teams, and as a result, he finished his career without a championship ring.


From the 3 Mannings that play/ played football, the most gifted one has to be Peyton, who is currently regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL, even above Tom Brady, but Eli doesn’t stay behind: he, just like his brother, has a championship ring, that cleared most of the doubts from critics that were constantly on his back criticizing his way of playing. No need to say that he was under his brother’s shadow before winning the most important NFL football game, the Super Bowl.


And so this coming NFL pro football season, there will surely be a competition between the Peyton and Eli, a run to decide who is in better shape, and who deserves the glory more than the other…

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NFL football season 2009 – Watch out for Tom Brady & the New England Patriots

NFL sports teams are ready for this coming NFL football season, and if you want to bet NFL football, it’s time to take a look at what is coming.


Let’s talk about the Patriots: they  will have to deal with the fact that now other teams are aware of how to beat them by holding Tom Brady still. And I honestly don’t see them winning each game this coming NFL football season. I think they missed their chance of having a place in NFL sports history by losing the most important NFL football game: the Super Bowl.


The Patriots are the kind of team they are because of Tom Brady, he’s the guy that is trusted to guide the rest on every single NFL football game and when he fails to do so, consequences are not positive at all. The most clear example of this is the last Superbowl, as Brady got injured with a high ankle sprain just days before the big game, and any person who saw the game could notice that Brady just wasn’t the same person: He didn’t deliver as expected and sadly, they lost the game that would have gave New England a perfect NFL football season record.


But Tom Brady is back in shape and chances are that the Pats are going to be tough contenders since the 2-people team made up by the All-Star quarterback and Randy Moss is ready to prove that they can do as good as last football season.

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