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Jon Beason: I’m looking forward to HGH testing

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Monday’s revelation that NFL players will have blood drawn to conduct a population study regarding the levels of human growth hormone in their bodies is seen as a step toward a testing regimen that will punish those using HGH to enhance their performance on the field.

When such a test will actually be in place remains unclear, but one NFL veteran is all for it. During an appearance on the NFL Network Tuesday, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said that he was happy to see steps being taken toward the test because it would help ensure that all players in the league are on equal footing.

“For me, I’m happy. I don’t take that stuff, so I’m more than happy to do it. The guys who are taking it, now if they get caught it’s an even playing field,” Beason said. “It’s already hard enough to make it to the league, stay in the league and stay healthy in the league…I think it’s a good thing, so I’m looking forward to it an more than willing to comply with whatever the league and NFLPA comes up with.”

Beason’s opnion is exactly the one that you’d expect to hear from a player who isn’t using HGH. If there are enough players with the same viewpoint, they can push the union to move quickly toward a testing policy that creates the even playing field that Beason wants. The flip side of players less willing to subject themselves to testing and discipline is true as well, of course, and the pace that talks take from here could let us know which side is able to exert more influence.

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14 Responses to “Jon Beason: I’m looking forward to HGH testing”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jul 23, 2013 10:41 AM

    I’m just hoping Beason stays healthy for 16 games.

  2. granadafan says: Jul 23, 2013 10:49 AM

    What a shame that baseball of all sports has HGH testing and football doesn’t. There’s no rational excuse for no testing at this point.

  3. officialgame says: Jul 23, 2013 10:51 AM

    Refreshing. Football is a violent enough game and roids have no place. I am befuddled that the union seems to want to protect the users?

  4. thejuddstir says: Jul 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    Seahawk players have already filed a grievance with the union over the possibility of HGH testing.

  5. trollhammer20 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:15 AM

    When your favorite TE shows up to camp looking like a WR next year, you know that HGH testing has been implemented.

  6. romoscollarbone says: Jul 23, 2013 11:43 AM

    HGH is the only thing keeping half these guys on the field. You don’t heal from a torn ACL in 6 months without something helping you along.

  7. gochargersgo says: Jul 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    officialgame says:
    Jul 23, 2013 10:51 AM

    “Refreshing. Football is a violent enough game and roids have no place. I am befuddled that the union seems to want to protect the users?”

    Proof of the problem with misconceptions regarding HGH, Adderall, and other substances considered PEDs. HGH is not a steroid. Maybe you should consider reading some scholarly articles regarding the substance *before* you formulate your opinion and attempt to speak intelligently about it.

  8. gochargersgo says: Jul 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    Beason doesn’t take HGH? Not surprising that he is unable to stay healthy.

  9. germanstingray says: Jul 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    It will be interesting to see if the results of the normative testing are released. There is really no reason to suspect that the results should vary from sex, activity and age-matched controls of the general population. If the range is skewed upward and has a high standard deviation, it will pretty much confirm that large numbers of players are illicitly using HGH. My bet is the data will never see the light of day.

  10. salutethis says: Jul 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    Please test this! I cannot stand the idea of these guys with unfair advantages. Either test and make sure nobody can use the stuff… Or stop monitoring it and let everybody do it. Also I think that injuries could lower a bit because guys won’t be as strong/fast and these collisions won’t be as intense. Just sayin.

  11. officialgame says: Jul 23, 2013 1:01 PM

    gochargersgo says:
    Jul 23, 2013 11:44 AM
    Proof of the problem with misconceptions regarding HGH, Adderall, and other substances considered PEDs. HGH is not a steroid. Maybe you should consider reading some scholarly articles regarding the substance *before* you formulate your opinion and attempt to speak intelligently about it.

    Maybe you should learn manners and take a course in reading comprehension because the article spoke of A FIRST STEP in cleaning up the game. It didn’t end with HGH!!!

  12. jgedgar70 says: Jul 23, 2013 1:10 PM

    officialgame says:
    Jul 23, 2013 10:51 AM
    I am befuddled that the union seems to want to protect the users?
    _____
    Well, if 2/3 of the players are using, then the union is obviously going to fight it. If only a minority are, then the clean ones can pressure the union to go along. I’m guessing at least 2/3 of MLB players were using in the late ’90s, which would explain all the bloated stats and the union vigorously opposing any and all drug testing.

    I hope they do get some HGH testing in place. It will be interesting to see how many people you can tell were using it just by looking at them 2 years later.

  13. whereyaat says: Jul 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    This will increase scrutiny on superstars like Adrian Peterson. After repeated denials and letdowns from baseball’s biggest stars, the unreal performances and recovery times from AP are going to be called into question on a daily basis.

    It may be unfair if he’s not using, but it’s also kind of a compliment if he isn’t using.

  14. titansbro says: Jul 23, 2013 8:55 PM

    I have no problems with HGH or Adderall. They are NOT like steroids, which is artificial. HGH is a naturally occurring hormone within the human body, our bodies just don’t make as much of it as we get older.You think AP came back like he did without HGH? You’re inexplicably naive if you do. HGH’s number 1 attribute is that it helps injuries heal much faster. What’s wrong with that?

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