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Brandon Marshall says some NFL players use Viagra as a PED

File photo of a box of Viagra is seen in a pharmacy in Toronto Reuters

At a time when many football fans are wondering why the NFL keeps suspending players for using Adderall as a performance-enhancing drug, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall says there’s another common prescription medication that players use to get an edge: Marshall says he has heard stories of other players using Viagra as a performance enhancer.

Yes, he means on the football field. Get your mind out of the gutter.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Marshall told reporters today that he has heard stories of other players using Viagra to get an edge.

Marshall isn’t the first to hear about that: A 2008 Slate article noted that Viagra works by dilating blood vessels and increasing oxygenation, which means it could improve athletic performance, particularly at elevation. If you’re playing a game in Denver — where Marshall spent his first four NFL seasons — and you want to reduce the effects of playing at altitude on your body, popping a Viagra could help.

Or a road trip to Denver could be a convenient excuse for a player filling a Viagra prescription.

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21 Responses to “Brandon Marshall says some NFL players use Viagra as a PED”
  1. FinFan68 says: Nov 28, 2012 1:57 PM

    WHAT they are doing is not necessarily the problem. It’s THAT they are doing it that taints the game. Players try to cheat to gain an advantage or “get an edge”. Fans/media then condone it and say things like it doesn’t matter.

  2. virger says: Nov 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    getting ridiculous

  3. tutamus says: Nov 28, 2012 2:00 PM

    I think it would be pretty easy to spot which players are using this product while they’re on the field.

  4. tharoostah says: Nov 28, 2012 2:04 PM

    Tom Waddle: “If the game lasts more than 4 hours, contact your doctor”

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 28, 2012 2:08 PM

    Man how awkward when you have to tackle that guy.

  6. jluns275 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:13 PM

    This could bring an all new meaning to hearing an announcer say something like “personal foul….leading with the helmet on a defenseless receiver”

  7. mindcrime401 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    You know every Center in the league is making sure his QB isn’t taking that before game time.

  8. rg3andthensome says: Nov 28, 2012 2:28 PM

    Don’t we all?

  9. truefootballinsight says: Nov 28, 2012 2:42 PM

    So is using multivitamins also gaining an edge?

    What’s the cutoff for what players can take?

  10. eddielionhead says: Nov 28, 2012 3:01 PM

    marshall is a rat

  11. kidpresentable says: Nov 28, 2012 3:10 PM

    Say what you will about the man, but we know Favre wasn’t cheating.

  12. tom3565 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:17 PM

    Definitely brings new meaning to the word stiff competition!

  13. 69finfan says: Nov 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    Brings new meaning to the phrase “extending the play”

  14. abqpacker says: Nov 28, 2012 3:50 PM

    I love all the jokes posted thus far, but I do believe that this was seriously rumored to have been the cause of the Ryan Braun positive test.

  15. dietrich43 says: Nov 28, 2012 7:12 PM

    I hope Matt Schaub doesn’t use it!

  16. Dave Fouchey says: Nov 28, 2012 7:59 PM

    Give a whole new meaning to Holding..

  17. johnteedee says: Nov 28, 2012 8:03 PM

    If the game lasts longer than 4 hours call Doctor Goodell!

  18. shaggytoodle says: Nov 28, 2012 8:06 PM

    … but it still can’t keep Jay Cutler upright.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 29, 2012 9:10 AM

    Center to his QB as he gets under center for snap, “you taking viagara or are you just happy to see me”?

    (rim shot) Be here untill Sunday be sure to tip your waitress!

  20. nbcruinedpft says: Nov 29, 2012 10:15 AM

    Gives a whole new meaning to the hard count.

  21. larryboodry says: Nov 29, 2012 7:06 PM

    shaggytoodle says: Nov 28, 2012 8:06 PM

    “…but it still can’t keep Jay Cutler upright.”

    You’re just jealous ’cause Jay has Kristin Cavallari to keep him upright.

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