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Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 12:25 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Commissioner Roger Goodell told the Baltimore Sun today that the NFL is going to insist that HGH testing be part of the next CBA and that it was discussed in labor negotiation meetings with the NFLPA before the lockout ended all talks.

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“The integrity of the NFL is critical,” Goodell said after he spoke to 700 Baltimore-area high school football players about performance-enhancing drugs (and about how drugs are bad, mmkay). “We have to make sure that we’re doing everything possible to have the best drug program in sports. Making changes to our program is critical. We have done that over the years and we have to do more, including the inclusion of HGH testing.”

Goodell wouldn’t say how the players reacted to that – though they’ve been uninterested in HGH testing in the past because that would require a blood test, rather than simply a urine test – but he also said the NFLPA knows the importance of doing it.

“You always have to modify your testing program to stay ahead of the people who are going to cheat the system,” he said. “We would be naïve to think that people aren’t going to cheat the system. But we have to have the best drug testing program to be able to offset it.”

It’s interesting to ponder how much of a wedge issue that might have been between the owners and the players, because we didn’t really hear anything about it before today. It probably landed somewhere between how to split up the $9 billion and how to split up the $9 billion.

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Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:24 pm

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

And they will give in to the players union, becasue they know this it is a chip they can play as a give in, like the NBA does not do "Herb" testng. It is best for the players, owners & fans that the players be allowed to skirt "Olympic" grade HGH testing, because of it's ability to heal injuries & improve player performance.

Believe me, the product will suffer & we fans want performance & players healthy in a violent/injury riddled sport.

I know this is not a popular view point, but it is based in reality.

Also, "Testing Protocal" will determine if this is a real attempt to rid the league of HGH or a PR move to settle the anti-HGH crowd.

I wish it were not so, but HGH has value in this sport. Take HGH away & welcome back the 70's.

Are you ready for that NFL fan?

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:53 pm

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

One thing that I find odd is that if I'm injured a physician in many cases will prescribe steroids to speed up the healing process...yet injured NFL players are denied taking steroids to speed up their own healing process????

Makes no sense to me and I'm not sure how the league can even have rules agaisnt players receiving what amounts to standard medical care. Not sure why no player has ever sued on this point. Big difference between taking steroids to cheat and taking them to heal from a ligitimate injury.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:05 pm

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

All of this is a mess of contradiction...its about the health of the players but we want 18 games. The owners are greedy but the players want more money guaranteed, even though the owners take the burden if the team does badly. Players don't want HGH testing but they want more post-football medical benefits.  If the NFL is going to agree to giving you more money for the injuries and health affects after you play, they are going to make rules that ensure you are as healthy as possible throughout your career.  I have come to believe that a lot of the head-injury rules are not becuase of the actual care toward player health later in life, and more the fact that if players are getting slammed in the head and taking HGH for the 5-10 years they are playing they will need more health coverage in later years compared to a player that got hit less and was completely clean throughout. Maybe that's completely off base and maybe the amount of help you get doesn't have any correlation to how "injured" you are later, but it's an idea that seems  to connect some dots. Even the 18 game schedule gets the NFL more money per year, which would probably help in paying for the larger medical packages despite the extra possibility for injury

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:33 pm

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

The should be testing for this and anything else under the moon. This is no different than our employer wanting to have a drug test as a condition of employment. Most of these poor guys will need to resort to protein shakes, branched chained aminos and creatine. As far as I'm concerned I really don't care if they do Roids and HGH or not. Its their choice I would just eithe rmake it illegal or allow it for all so its a level playing field. This is entertainment and if it makes the product better so be it. This is the day and age we live in.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:03 am

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

HGH does help you heal faster but let me in on a lil secret.... it is steroid of choice of the top body builders!!!!!!    HGH is  Hormone Growth.... key words here.... it helps you grow and get bigger....  that is why you saw Mark Mcguire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa go from being skinny to looking like a freaking mountain.   Your bones and such stop it's growth at a certain age.... HGH helps boost the hormonal growth of your body so in some cases... your bones grow a little and your muscles explode.....  NFL players can get away with using this steroid because it is detectable by a blood test and not your urine.....  Some of these players are enormous and I am sorry, it is not because they wrok out constantly.... I work out 2 hours a day, do high intensity cardio and lift with heavy weights... I am in decent shape and I am not growing muscles like them... granted, I am not a world class athlete, like them but I know a ton of these guys are doing something to get that huge.... I am all for blood testing for it.  But, I also dont care of these players or athletes are using steroids, you know why, it is their body and they can chose to do whatever they like....  I dont feel sorry for them when their days are over and they are complaining about the after effects  "the sport" had on their body and mind.......   you weren't complaining when you played and put that stuff in your system but now you want the public to feel sorry for you..... sorry, next please!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:31 am

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

Its all just smoke and mirrors now. There looking for every little piece of leverage to try and make the players agree to there other terms. I bet if the players agreed to play the 18 game schedule and gave  them 75% of the 9 billion for no HGH testing the "integrity of the game" would go out the window... Its getting rediculous now.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:21 am

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

I was under the impression that HGH really only helps people heal faster, it doesn't really enhance performance.  What am I missing here, and why isn't this mandatory for all players recovering from an injury?  If they're all doing it then it won't be cheating (and we'll get important players back sooner to play as many games as possible before it's time for them to retire).

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:53 am

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

Good, it's about time. I want to see a clean game.

I want to see a game alone... jeez.... they are just trying to look like good guys here... "we want a clean game" what if we don't have a game to be clean Roger???? Get a deal done and stop the BS... for the first time that I can remember I wanted baseball more then football...

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:08 am

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

So they don't want an 18 game schedule for health reasons but they want guys on the field with them doing HGH?  Or is it that they are all doing some amount of HGH?  If I am a manager at a body shop I make a fraction of what the owner does.  I also would be subjected to a much worse lifestyle in terms of health for about 40,000 a year.  If I had chosen(key word being chosen) that particular career path my hair would be full white by the time I was 40 and have a good chance of getting cancer due to all the chemicals covering my body for all those years.  The fact these guys have the nerve to whine about the physical effects on their bodies for millions or at least hundreds of thousands a year makes me sick. The average lifespan of an NFL player is only a few years....well great...but that is at 300,000 a year at the 900,000 for three years of work? STOP whining.............which one of you coughed up a billion dollars of your money for a stadium for your employees to perform in?  Oh yea....thats right....none of you!  

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:40 am

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

they should. The only way the NFLPA would be against this  is if they condone cheating;
It should be required in all sports

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