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.

Favre, Green Bay Packers and REALLY too much drama…

 

 

 

Favre, the Green Bay Packers and REALLY too much drama…

 

I was talking to a few friends this past week about the soap opera in NFL football about Brett Favre and the Packers, whom are still discussing the posibility of Favre returning as starting quarterback for Green Bay.

 

We even got some lines on what the outcome of the whole story will be: one saying that Favre will return to NFL football and play starter quarterback for the Pack, another one saying that Favre will return and serve as back up quarterback for Aaron Rodgers, and the last one with Favre coming back to NFL sports and playing starter quarterback for another team (most likely the Vikings).

 

Of all of these options, the one that approaches the most to reality is Favre returning and playing somewhere else… why? Well, because he’s old. He will turn 38 in October, and the gap of age between him and his teammates is of notice, as most of the starting line-up for the Pack is full of guys on their early 20’s. Even Aaron Rodgers is just 24 years-old, and being a first-round pick, he’s ready to take on Favre’s position, plus Rodgers will probably perform at the same level and for a few million dollars less… not bad.

 

We bet NFL football and made some cash with these futures, so we encourage Favre and the Packers to continue with their theater play, thank you for helping us making some quick cash!

 


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