This past year, Brett Favre put up amazing numbers for the Vikings at the age of 40. It makes one wonder how he was able to accomplish this amazing feat playing in one of the roughest sports that there is. Vince Lombardi said, "Football is a collision sport and that dancing was a contact sport." Favre took some good hits in some of the Viking games that I saw and he never missed a snap or a game even when his coach wanted to take him out of the game because he was taking a beating. Favre is probably on Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) of some sort.
Most athletes that have played at any level feel pain or have a hard time getting out of bed in their late 30s because of a sports related injury. Not Favre! He is out there running and flinging a football at 40 years of age. When Favre was in his mid to late 20s, he couldn't finish the season without the aid of pain killers and back then he admitted to being addicted to pain medication. Now that he is 40 he is still performing at a high level. What helps Favre is how he is portrayed by members of the media like Tom Jackson, Peter King, John Madden, and Chris Berman to name a few. These guys make him out to be like he is the best thing since slice bread even through all of his faults. Like playing a game like if he was still a kid and that he is brutally honest about what he feels. Look back at baseball during the steroid era and the players that went before Congress and after denying that they used PEDs and count how many of them have admitted or have been caught using steroids or other types of supplements. Victor Conte, who was in the center of the BALCO steroid scandals has stated that the testing technology for PEDs was behind PEDs and other designer drugs. He even volunteered to test for several agencies claiming that he knew what athletes were utilzing and that it took a crook to catch a crook.
Given the NFL is probably the sport that has the most comprehensive testing that there is, but it is still behind the technology or scientiffic advancements for PEDs detection.