When you look at the top two sports in the country, MLB and NFL, they both have a deep history of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). The baseball black eye has been much more public, with congressional hearings, government investigations, and continuous adjustments to their penalty program. The NFL gets separate treatment. Their players are seen as warriors and PED use is practically assumed. 9 players last year missed time due to a “juice” suspension. If that number seems low to you, it’s because it is. The players have wised up a little bit. They’ve given up the hardcore winstrol, deca, and d-bol and moved on to the more convenient and effective Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Well that’s about to change in the new CBA.HGH does everything that other steroids do and more. You can take it year round, unlike testosterone increasing chemicals. It actually leans you out as opposed to having you gain weight. It is considered the “master hormone” and does things such as increase tissue repair, obviously muscle growth, and reports even say it can improve brain function. When you see a jacked up guy at your local gym, most likely he’s not on HGH. The street price of HGH is in the neighborhood of $100-$200 per week. Regular test injections only cost about $15-$30 per week. Plus the injections are only taken for 6-12 weeks in a solid cycle. HGH takes much longer to be effective and can be taken year round. Can you afford an extra $10k out of pocket to supplement your physique? That’s the reason it’s usually limited to more wealthy, professional, athletes. The final big benefit of HGH is that it is virtually undetectable. It can not be detected through urine screening which is what the NFL and MLB currently do. And even blood screening is notoriously inaccurate.
That is not going to stop the NFL from trying. This year we will most likely see selective blood testing of NFL players for HGH. I doubt many people at all will be caught due to the accuracy of the testing. I guess I’m fine with that. As security improves, you just make better cheaters. I just hope no players on my team get nabbed.