NFL starter claims HGH use is rampant in the league

5/1/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

During the NFL and NFLPA's negotiation of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011, both sides agreed that testing for human growth hormone (HGH) was necessary. However, the two sides have yet to employ a system to test for it. While the issue is not largely recognized by football fans, HGH may be much more prevalent than we had thought.
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An unnamed "NFC starter" spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on the matter, saying that HGH is "like clockwork nowadays." He went on to estimate that 10-15 players on each NFL team use HGH - that is probably a higher number than most people had expected.

The unnamed player cited the simplicity of using HGH as the reason for it's common usage. "Not tested and it's easy to get," the player said. "Nowadays, dude? In 2013? (Expletive) yeah. I'm just being real."

Not only does a comment like this bring the issue to the attention of the league, but it puts a lot of pressure on commissioner Roger Goodell to do something about it. With no immediate risk of using HGH (such as fines or suspensions), there is nothing keeping a player who is on his team's roster bubble from giving himself an advantage in an effort to keep his job.

The unnamed player, however, feels that things are just fine the way they are, and that the league should continue to let players use the supplement. "This is our career. We're putting on for fans," he said. "HGH isn't anything. I say, do it... You're going to get hit regardless whether you're clean or not clean. It's just a matter of how hard you get hit."

What this player may not understand is that "how hard you get hit" is one of the NFL's biggest concerns. Commissioner Goodell has been making a very public effort to decrease the amount of big blows that the players take. The difference between a clean player pounding a receiver and an HGH user pounding a receiver could be the difference between the receiver popping back up for the next play and the receiver getting a concussion. The harder the players hit, the more likely someone is to get hurt, and that is what the league is trying to avoid.

In addition, the league needs to keep everyone on an even playing field. With HGH increasing your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, and Hodgkin's lymphoma, it is reasonable that some players would not want to take the substance. However, there are obviously some players who have no problem taking HGH, which gives them an unfair advantage over those who want to stay clean.

Major League Baseball is giving "random unannounced in-season blood tests" for HGH as of the 2013 season. With the apparent usage of HGH in football, the NFL may not be far behind in implementing a similar system.

PS - I'm not suggesting that LaRon Landry (pictured above) takes HGH, but would anyone really be surprised?
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