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Pfizer says Viagra doesn’t enhance performance, in football

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On Wednesday, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said that he has heard of football players using Viagra to enhance performance.  While playing football.

MDS pointed out that a 2008 article from Slate discussed the potential benefits of using Viagra at altitude, given that it’s a blood-flow drug that is primarily used to promote the flow of blood to one specific area of the male anatomy.

But Pfizer (the “P” is silent . . . except when taking Viagra) claims via TMZ that Viagra isn’t a PED.

A Pfizer spokesman told TMZ that Viagra is “indicated solely for the treatment of erectile dysfunction,” and that “Pfizer has not examined the safety of Viagra in men without ED and does not promote or encourage the use of Viagra for any use but the treatment of ED.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean players aren’t using it in order to enhance blood flow when playing in the thin air of Denver.  The fact that Marshall started his career there makes it even more reasonable to think that he’s heard that players have considered giving it a try.

Especially for games that may last longer than four hours.

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18 Responses to “Pfizer says Viagra doesn’t enhance performance, in football”
  1. schmitty2 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:58 PM

    It would enhance rushing totals. What defender would want to tackle?

  2. kabasaman says: Nov 29, 2012 6:07 PM

    If your game lasts more than 4 hours? Call a doctor….

  3. Lions Roar says: Nov 29, 2012 6:10 PM

    That brings a whole new meaning to being “the stud” on the football field lmao

  4. 2sausage11 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:16 PM

    I would hate to be at the bottom of that pile

  5. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 29, 2012 6:17 PM

    This gives a whole new meaning to the 3 point stance . . .

  6. wayne1693 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:24 PM

    Most everyone has heard of the ‘Flight or Fight’ response, during which lots of things happen physiologically, including primarily increased blood-flow to the muscles [definitely NOT that 'muscle']…and away from the intestines, stomach, or anywhere else it is not immediately needed. Viagra primarily increases blood-flow to one place ONLY, which means that blood-flow is decreasing in muscles necessary for football…thus absolutely NOT helping performance on the field.

  7. fuglyflorio says: Nov 29, 2012 6:25 PM

    Then how come the coaches always say ‘go big or go home’?

  8. catquick says: Nov 29, 2012 6:28 PM

    The game better end in 4 hours….

  9. catquick says: Nov 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    The game is hard enough already

  10. trevor123698 says: Nov 29, 2012 6:31 PM

    pfizer also claims to be researching cancer cures, as if they don’t exist and as if cancer is something other than a nutritional deficiency disease

  11. brohamma says: Nov 29, 2012 6:35 PM

    What Marshall didn’t tell you is that players DO NOT use viagra when Suh is in town.

  12. pftbillsfan says: Nov 29, 2012 6:57 PM

    How is it possible I’ve never heard that ” P is silent ” joke before. Well done.

  13. itsmammoth says: Nov 29, 2012 7:15 PM

    Marshall is looking to attempt the NFL’s first no-handed catch.

  14. mauicat1 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:21 PM

    What they didn’t tell you is that Viagra lowers blood pressure over all, which is really bad for any athlete in a game that requires a strong heart beat. Anyway, what guy wants to go into the shower after the game
    with a……….well, you know.

  15. stampnhawk says: Nov 29, 2012 8:44 PM

    Taking them certainly means no excuse for not being able to get up for the game, one way or another.

  16. dd393 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:48 PM

    There would be a lot more tripping penalties.

  17. iremeber4610 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:52 PM

    “Especially for games that may last longer than four hours.”

    Very well played, sir.

  18. nbcruinedpft says: Nov 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    I guess it gives a new meaning to the “hard count”.

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