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HGH use prevalent and on the rise

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06:59 AM ET 05.01 | With NFL popularity soaring, players are likely looking for an edge. As soon as the three letters are mentioned -- H-G-H -- the player laughs. Human growth hormone? In the NFL? Come on. HGH use is rampant, this NFC starter says. "It's like clockwork nowadays," he said, estimating 10-15 players on each team use the banned substance. "Not tested and it's easy to get. Nowadays, dude? In 2013? (Expletive) yeah. I'm just being real." ... The NFLPA claims it wants a fair process. The league has yet to do much beyond tough talk. What's certain is that HGH is prevalent and the pressure to fuel one's body with performance-enhancing supplements runs high. As long as there's no stringent HGH testing in place -- with clear, steep consequences -- its use will continue.

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May 1, 2013  07:41 AM ET

*Turns blind eye*

May 1, 2013  07:45 AM ET

"Covers blind eye with hairy palms"

May 1, 2013  07:49 AM ET

In the NFL? Come on. HGH use is rampant, this NFC starter says. "It's like clockwork nowadays
If you're gonna blow the whistle don't do it in anonimity.

May 1, 2013  08:04 AM ET

If it's so easy to get, how come I can get my hands on any? I got some stuff I want to grow.

May 1, 2013  08:17 AM ET

If you told me 10 years ago that MLB would have tougher drug testing policies than the NFL, I would have laughed.

May 1, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

In the NFL? Come on. HGH use is rampant, this NFC starter says. "It's like clockwork nowadaysIf you're gonna blow the whistle don't do it in anonimity.

Sounds like a Richard Sherman quote.

May 1, 2013  08:58 AM ET

And here is why nothing will happen-because teams /owners/GMs want nothing to happen:

Dimitroff, Falcons GM says he believes teams should monitor it themselves. Really?

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May 1, 2013  09:48 AM ET

I'm not taking it, so it doesn't bother me.

And even if the players have reservations, they probably feel like they can't afford NOT to take it.

May 1, 2013  09:51 AM ET

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago about how much the NFL Drug Testing is a joke. The Greenbay Packers were an example where the trainer would let them know when they were 'randomly' being drugged tested, so they could take a masking agent the night before the test to pass. The difference between the NFL and MLB is there is no outrage from the NFL fanbase like there was the MLB fanbase after McGwire, Bonds, Sosa and Clemens were outed and all the records including the Hall of Fame are tainted. I do love when sports writers talk about how athletes are just bigger and stronger then they ever were simply because of weight training! Hello????

May 1, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Only 10-15 players per team using it? Yea right. More like half or more.

May 1, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sounds like a Richard Sherman quote.

Word. He generalized big time.

May 1, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Only 10-15 players per team using it? Yea right. More like half or more.

I agree. Probably every positional player uses some form of PED's in the NFL except QB's, Kickers and Punters.

May 1, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Just to be clear, HGH does not enhance strength or ability like steroids may. HGH only helps you heal faster which week to week over a 16 game season, I suppose could be considered a "PED". I would call it more of Performance decline prevention. HGH is banned b/c it is often used in conjunction with steroids to more quickly heal the micotears from lifting weights and accelerate muscle growth. Personally, I think the leagues, via league doctors, should administer HGH for the treatment of acute injuries. The league and teams have a huge financial interest in the best players being on the field and HGH would have a significant impact on that

May 1, 2013  10:40 AM ET

LOL, in the 70's we used to call HGH a "Home Grown High." Referring of course to our in house plants....if you catch my drift....

May 1, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Shocking.

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May 1, 2013  11:40 AM ET

You play to win the game!

May 1, 2013  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I am shocked, I tell you, shocked at this.

Me too. Absolutely aghast.

 
May 1, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I agree. Probably every positional player uses some form of PED's in the NFL except QB's, Kickers and Punters.

Why would QB's, Kickers, and Punters be excluded??? Would they not want an edge, would they not want to be stronger, would they not look for something to help accelerate the healing process???

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