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    Steroids in the NFL


    What is your guys view on the amount of performance enhancing drugs in the NFL?

    I would guess at least 90% use or have used in the past, and nearly all lineman are nearly forced to use GH during season for recovery and size/strength.

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    I would have to say that the use is very high, especially AAS in the offseason. These guys are genetic freaks as it is, but when you see guys that big and cut, run that fast, cmon......we all know whats up.
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    That's anybody's guess but some people I've talked to have speculated as high as 70%. I'm sure kickers and some QB's are the only steroid free players LOL
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    .... and I hope it doesn't change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiquitous
    .... and I hope it doesn't change.
    Indeed, it makes it more fun to watch, especially when 250 pound linebackers blindside QB's at the speed of light
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    Yes NFL players use steroids, and they should let baseball players do it too! Oh, no we have 40 year olds playing better then 20 year olds? It should be:
    "Look we have 40 year olds playing better then 20 year olds!"
    Yea, just what I want to see, fat Babe Ruth with no work ethic doing well, he would get owned (deservidly) in todays baseball.
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    Who's to say that great players in the past didn't use some sort of perfomance enhancers. The difference is that steroids are illegal
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    it is definately more fun to watch, love the bone crunching hits and lightening fast speed. nfl is the best sport to watch
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    Charles Poliquin actually stated that the NFL's program is relatively clean. I have a hard time believing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bioman
    Charles Poliquin actually stated that the NFL's program is relatively clean. I have a hard time believing that.
    He's a consultant trainer for a couple of teams. He doesn't want to screw around with that cash cow.
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    The size is a pretty good indication plus their ability to keep the size, but what really shows it is their speed. It is just unbelievable. I don't really care. Football is the greatest sport on earth. I'm dying right now. I've even started watching the Europe league.
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    I think its personal choice. Thats like asking about strippers with boob jobs. If it makes you better and can help you then the risk should be up to you. When you get hit everyday. S*** I feel for them. And for those haters!!!! Just stop. Just my opinion!!!!!!
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    Do you think that the NFL really tests its players for performance enhancing drugs?

    I mean, we all know they supposedly take samples and send them to labs, but do they really care what the results are?

    I think the majority of positive steroids results that are shown on television may just be political moves on the part of the NFL to make it look like the Jackasses of the league are the only ones on steroids, such as Tony Mandarich, Brian Bosworth, and Bill Romanowski.

    I don't know if I would go that far, but I am starting to really wonder if thats not how it goes.

    It certainly makes the game more interesting when the players are juiced.
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    There are quite a few players that test positive, but they are not big names and are the media does not usually report those because it does not create headlines
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    I agree with you 100% and that number may be higher. I think across the sports league there is a steroid problem.

    They are only reporting on the high profile names because that what sell news.

    If the sports league did a surprise urine test on every sport player, I bet the world would be in shock or in denial that their sport teams are taking steroids.


    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
    That's anybody's guess but some people I've talked to have speculated as high as 70%. I'm sure kickers and some QB's are the only steroid free players LOL
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    The only steroid problem that exists in sports is that they are banned in sports and the media gives a crap. The fact that so many players take steroids is not a problem at all.

    For the NFL this is especially true. Without steroids, I would wager the average career would be 3 years due to injuries and sheer overtraining. How many beatings can an unenhanced body take and how rapidly can it recover?
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    I read that 12 players from the Raiders were involved in the Balco case, were they were recieving steroids, and other drugs from the same doctor.

    Then on the Panthers a different doctor was supplying drugs to another 10-12 players, but only a few of them got in legal trouble for it.

    This would be like half the starting team of 2 super bowl appearing teams (in the past 5-6 years) known to be using steroids.

    Its pretty damning. Everyone is juiced. Even kickers are getting caught!

    Oh, and USC got in trouble because its athletic trainers were supplying athletes with drugs. It didn't say to what extent or what sport. This stuff is a necessity to really be competitive in sports today.

    I can't even imagine what the NFL would be like if noone was on, or had ever used performance enhancing drugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Methyl

    Its pretty damning. Everyone is juiced. Even kickers are getting caught!
    That's right, Todd Saerbraun the punter for the Panthers tested positive about 1 year ago, how did I forget about that one, a ****in punter getting juiced LOL
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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but the testing isn't much of a test at all from what I understand. They don't test overall hormone levels, they test the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. So one can take testosterone provided they maintain the "right" ratio with epitestosterone. This allows the major leagues to say they test for steroids. Only the idiots (whizzinator) and the sloppy get caught and receive suspensions. And life goes on.
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    Im also pretty sure they dont test in the off season, which is when you would run a cycle.
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    Well, I would think they would run bigger cycles in the offseason to build size, power, or speed, as they need for their position. But I would also think it would be pretty important to be on during the season just to recover from both games and contact practice sessions.

    I don't remember the exact testing regimen but I do think it includes during and post season as well, and supposedly it's unannounced. Question that one though
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    Considering that nowadays you see linebackers that are 350lbs with 10-12%BF and can run fast you know somethings up, lol. They are also up their for their use of amphetamines and painkillers. I wouldn't want them to stop using gear, lol. It's cool to see 300+lb guys run each other down, lol. Growth hormone of course is a must with the abuse these guys are taking on their joints. Apparently from what i've read they use the amphetamines to heighten aggression and you practically don't feel any pain when you on them.
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    of course they take them. How else can you play such a brutal sport, practice 4 times a week, and train in the weight room and run sprints on your off days? the human body cannot do that naturally.

    And when you hear about guys coming back from back or shoulder injuries in just 3 weeks, just as strong as before.... duh!

    If the NFL eliminated steroids, then it'd become what football was the 30s.... a bunch of 220 lbs linemen and 175 lbs quarterbacks lol.
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    oh btw. Remember when that pro wrestler died and people speculated it was related to steroid abuse? Guerrero or something was his name. The WWE then announced it would start a steroid testing program. I laughed my ass off when I heard that. Their steroid testing program is likely to be as real as the matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bioman
    Charles Poliquin actually stated that the NFL's program is relatively clean. I have a hard time believing that.
    No kidding. Look at the football players 20yrs ago versus today. "relatively clean".... I guess this IS coming from a bodybuilder isn't it? lol. 1g/wk and 5ius gh/day are "relatively clean" to anybody involved in the pro bbing industry.hahaah
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifthardheavy
    oh btw. Remember when that pro wrestler died and people speculated it was related to steroid abuse? Guerrero or something was his name. The WWE then announced it would start a steroid testing program. I laughed my ass off when I heard that. Their steroid testing program is likely to be as real as the matches.
    I'd like to see you get in the ring and do what those guys do...
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    He didnt say it wasn't tough, he just said that the matches are setup...whch they are.

    And guerrero was a coke-head for years and years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
    He didnt say it wasn't tough, he just said that the matches are setup...whch they are.

    And guerrero was a coke-head for years and years.
    I understand that and yeah they are setup. But to see what those guys do so they don't hurt themselves or the person they are wrestling, makes it real enough for me(and others).
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    I actually think the NFL is very clean for two reason #1 They have the most concrete testing regimen of any sport in the world #2 Football has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to training
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELTORONEGRO
    I actually think the NFL is very clean for two reason #1 They have the most concrete testing regimen of any sport in the world #2 Football has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to training

    You can't be serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELTORONEGRO
    I actually think the NFL is very clean for two reason #1 They have the most concrete testing regimen of any sport in the world #2 Football has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to training
    No way, these guys only get caught if they're running Deca LOL. testing for IGF-1 and HGH is also worthless
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    Exactly Baseball has always been behind when it came to conditioning when I say very clean I mean relative to other sports yes there is still some use but not as much as may people would believe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
    The NFL does have , in theory, a strict Steroid testing policy of random testing on and offseason, but, in practice, there has been an exploitable loophole in their testosterone/epitestosterone ratio threshold of 6:1, which has allowed players to use more careful dosing to avoid hitting the limit, and substances like HGH and IGF, I'll take IW's word for it on that one, are presently undetectable.

    The NFL is planning to go to 4:1 t/ep ratio this year in line with WADA guidelines, and further investigate changes in a player's testing results even if below this threshold level.

    To say that today's players are bigger, faster and stronger than players of 20 and 30 years ago because of Gear is not true though. The NFl started testing inseason in 1987, and offseason in 1990, The NCAA started testing football players in 1990,before that Gear was heavily and very widely used without penalty, this I know from personal experience.

    The difference between today and then is that gear is still being use but less so than it once was, and it's the scientific improvements in the strength and conditioning programs of college and the pros with better nutritional regimes and nonbanned supplements with less drinking and recreational drug use today.

    It's even down to the high school level now, guys coming into the NFL now have the benefit of years of far better physical development programs than were in use back in the day.
    This is very true about the strength and conditioning programs, we even had one in high school where they instructed us on nutrition, hydration, and training program. Our coaches were very strict and kept us working out all year long. This was unheard of in the 60's, 70's and even 80's. There was also steroid use back then, like there is now, but these new improvements in training and nutrition have taken athletes to a whole new level.
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    i was in the process of turning myself into a WLB before my knee got distroyed. all I can say is their doses are very different. I'm thinking low test, HGH and low Deca (if they use winny). i'd be shocked if anyone ran orals. in season, it's more about not losing weight than building (obviously).

    I would assume the higher doses are in the underclassmen years at college. recruits come in and usually need 15-40lbs to play their position. by junior year or sophomore (redshirt) they are ready to go and don't need big doses anymore.

    edit: similar to a baseball pitchers mentality, anabolic steroids or HGH or recovery to allow you to go 100% next sunday. To recover from injuries too - when was the last time you heard of an injuried player getting tested or busted? never... it's out of the realm completely
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    I think you all are overblowing steroid usage in the NFL. You also have to realize that there is already an innate selection bias in the NFL. Here at AM, we're just ordinary guys who can transform ourselves to whatever we want by the use of drugs. In the NFL, the ONLY people who make it to that level are the best athletes in the world... It's similar to saying that everyone in basketball is tall because they take HGH -- no hormones, just selection bias.

    Besides that, I am a firm believer that race is a big issue in athleticism. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but you have to realize that African slaves were genetically bred for hundreds of years to be the strongest, fastest, most durable people in the world, and there are a lot of scholars who speculate that is the reason that there are superhuman freaks in sports today. Even without the whole issue of breeding, West Africans have evolved for speed (calf/hip placement, FT muscle fiber ratio, etc), and there are many studies showing why they are genetically superior for athletics ON AVERAGE.

    Do you see any white runningbacks? White wide receivers? White cornerbacks? If steroids were prominent in the NFL, there would be a lot of white runningbacks, white wide receivers, etc, because they would be able to compensate genetically. I personally know dozens of black ahletes from school, who I know did not touch juice, but were naturally 180 lbs 5'10, 6% bodyfat, all with hitting the gym a dozen times in their life max. Chad Johnson said that his pregame meal is a burger and a soda, and having a lot of black friends who eat fast food constantly and are more ripped than many BBers at all times of the year, I believe them.

    We at AM work hard for our mass. But would anyone who didn't have to work that hard (or know that much) to get where we are, and believe me there are many of them, even bother to spend their time on an internet forum to learn this stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYhomeboy
    Besides that, I am a firm believer that race is a big issue in athleticism. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but you have to realize that African slaves were genetically bred for hundreds of years to be the strongest, fastest, most durable people in the world, and there are a lot of scholars who speculate that is the reason that there are superhuman freaks in sports today. Even without the whole issue of breeding, West Africans have evolved for speed (calf/hip placement, FT muscle fiber ratio, etc), and there are many studies showing why they are genetically superior for athletics ON AVERAGE.
    Good input. I do agree with some of this - but it still raises some questions. For strength (and strength alone) Eastern Europeans are on average the strongest race I believe, they aren't very athletic however.

    The slavery to athletics issue usually goes back to Blacks and Africans, but my question is - Jews were in slavery for hundreds of years (from the time of the pyramids) but on average they are average to below average for strength and speed. I don't really disagree with the point on Black athletes - but assuming it were true, shouldn't Jews have followed a similar evolutionary path?

    Quote Originally Posted by NYhomeboy
    Do you see any white runningbacks? White wide receivers? White cornerbacks? If steroids were prominent in the NFL, there would be a lot of white runningbacks, white wide receivers, etc, because they would be able to compensate genetically. I personally know dozens of black ahletes from school, who I know did not touch juice, but were naturally 180 lbs 5'10, 6% bodyfat, all with hitting the gym a dozen times in their life max. Chad Johnson said that his pregame meal is a burger and a soda, and having a lot of black friends who eat fast food constantly and are more ripped than many BBers at all times of the year, I believe them.
    Receiver/Cornerbacks comes down to speed and fast twitch, so I won't disagree that blacks are far dominant. We are talking strictly NFL though. Certainly there are plenty of White skill position players at fairly high levels in NCAA and elsewhere.

    But also, what about the Black NFL players in the 80s? They were much smaller. They might have been 230lbs but were 15% BF. The players today are 230lbs and 8 and 9%. Is that simply training? The players do too much cardio during the year to maintain so much lean mass at so little body fat naturally. That goes for all races.

    Funny you mention Chad Johnson, I think the 'Chad Johnson Diet' is overblown quite a bit. My friends heard he eats McDonalds - so they start eating it everyday and then get fat. They then declare Chad Johnson is a genetic freak - which is true to a certain degree. Johnson probably eats it once a week at most and certainly not everyday. ESPN blew that pre-game way out of proportion, they did for Rod Smith too. Chad or Rod aren't particulary strong recievers though - very lanky, fast and a rocket metabolism with tons of cardio.

    When we look at the really solid guys, Eddie George or Ahman Green - there diets are nearly flawless. Jamal Lewis is possibly an exception because he is nearly a defensive end playing RB - but I have no doubt he juiced big time at Tennessee.

    We aren't really disagreeing completely, but your black friends that eat a lot of fast food and stay lean. How big are they? 180-200? at 5-10 or 6-1? do they do a ton of cardio whether it be basketball, football or whatever?

    I agree that on average, Blacks have a higher genetic plateau. They are often build for movements like bench press (football players, not basketball guys with long arms). More Fast Twitch no doubt... and usually a faster metabolism, especially if combined with cardio. All advantages.

    But to think say their genetic limit is ridiculously far above every race, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. They are better athletes but accordingly need to use steroids to keep up/or above others using steroids as well.
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    Good stuff -- I'm glad that there are people who accept the whole African dominance in sports without being "racist", haha.

    As far as the whole slavery thing, you'll see that there were very many races taken into slavery. Even Asians were taken into slavery... The Chinese enslaved the Koreans, and there aren't many Asians in football, lol. The reason that I believe that slavery was particularly beneficial to African Americans is that there were seldom conditions in history faced like the African slaves faced in the south. The conditions, humidity, and labor were just horrendous, and there was no other race except Africans built for facing those conditions. I know for a fact that the Chinese definitely did not breed Koreans for strength/stamina, and I don't believe that the Jews were bred for it either. So, while there is a point that many different races were "enslaved", the amount of time is way too short for any evolution to have taken place -- the only genetic tampering could be breeding, which was unique for Africans in America.

    Interesting point about the size/speed of today's black NFL players, however would it not have been easier for them to juice in the 80s when it was legal? There are many accounts of players from decades ago stating that juicing was very prominent in the NFL. Jim Haslett stated that nearly everyone did it with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 70s and 80s, but that the sport is pretty clean now. If that were true, they might have been even leaner decades ago, given that juice was more easily accessible.

    You're right though, I wouldn't be surprised if many of the truly genetic freaks in terms of sheer size and bf% juiced... Now that I think about it, some of the size that they keep with that amount of training and work is ridiculous. But I think anything over 20%, even maybe 10% is way overblown. I think that Paul Tagliabue is serious about keeping the reputation of the sport.

    I do have black friends that easily get to Marvin Harrison's size (I played a lot of pickup football in college just on the green, lol), or even Jamal Lewis's size surprisingly, without following a diet... just lots of cardio, lots of eating and lifting (Knew this guy Reggie, 240 lbs, 5'10, not ripped but very visible abs... works out a lot but not very knowledgable). Although when you do think about the natural test levels of the absolute top Athletes in America, it would be comparable to your average Joe taking a low dose of test, so I don't think it would be out of the question to say that NFL players can get up to that size, weather that much training, and maintain a low bf%.
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    I can't believe I had to go all the way to page three before someone decided to attribute things to training and nutrition.

    You can take a person further naturally in 3 years than most people that use anabolic steroids will ever get in 6. Why? Because everyone is walking around thinking anyone in top condition must be doing it with the help of drugs.

    I can't believe so many people on a fitness board still think muscles=steroids. Thats not the case, and the real answers are all over this board, as long as you stay out of the "magic pill" forums.
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    it's moreso that players maintain their size and strength at very low body fat percentages throughout a season. nutrition, training and genetics may have gotten them there - but to maintain that level doing complete catabolic activities raises a flag in my mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYhomeboy
    Good stuff -- I'm glad that there are people who accept the whole African dominance in sports without being "racist", haha.
    hey man, Blacks:[most]Athletics AS Asian:[most]Academics

    Quote Originally Posted by NYhomeboy
    So, while there is a point that many different races were "enslaved", the amount of time is way too short for any evolution to have taken place -- the only genetic tampering could be breeding, which was unique for Africans in America.
    Not taking us off-topic, but how about the Ballin Blackz? I mean how'd they get such long arms and hops? It's like God knew that one day there would be an NBA and Shoe contracts. haha, that's not racist - it just boggles my mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by NYhomeboy
    Interesting point about the size/speed of today's black NFL players, however would it not have been easier for them to juice in the 80s when it was legal?
    Same in Baseball though, but it was Post-Canseco that the players started blowing up.

    Quote Originally Posted by NYhomeboy
    You're right though, I wouldn't be surprised if many of the truly genetic freaks in terms of sheer size and bf% juiced... Now that I think about it, some of the size that they keep with that amount of training and work is ridiculous. But I think anything over 20%, even maybe 10% is way overblown. I think that Paul Tagliabue is serious about keeping the reputation of the sport.
    I'm thinking HGH, good diet, awesome training, Beverly supplements! and probably cycles in the off season.

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    I do have black friends that easily get to Marvin Harrison's size (I played a lot of pickup football in college just on the green, lol), or even Jamal Lewis's size surprisingly, without following a diet...
    true, but can they maintain that size at a sub 8% BF playing NFL football? That's what I'm getting - but you know that by now

    work ethic is a given, but there comes a point of overtraining. The NFL workouts combined with intense, water-free cardio in 90 degree weather is defined as overtraining - especially if done at 6-8% BF. The players lose some weight, but something like that would make any player in his mid 30s lose 15-20lbs.
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