League intends to create “constant threat” of HGH testing

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The NFL continues to prepare to unveil HGH testing as soon as Week One of the regular season.  On Tuesday, NFL senior V.P. of labor law and policy Adolpho Birch (not pictured) conducted a conference call to discuss the details of HGH testing.

One of the primary benefits of testing is deterrence.  Though a certain percentage of players will continue to cheat, the possibility of being caught could ensure that players who aren’t using HGH won’t be tempted to start, and it also could steer some of those inclined to try away from assuming the risk of being caught.

As a result, Birch identified “the constant threat of testing” as one of the key aspects of the program.

Apart from the annual test that will be conducted in the preseason, players will be subject to six random offseason tests and an unlimited number of in-season tests.  “That could be, if a person were particularly lucky or unlucky, it could be 22 or 23 times,” Birch said.  “I don’t suspect it will be that much, but the number of test dates that we will have, I would certainly expect our players to be tested in an amount that would be meaningful.”

Birch said that he doesn’t believe HGH use is as prevalent as some have suggested.  But he acknowledged that no one really knows how frequently it is — or isn’t — being used.  “[T]hat is part of the reason we think the testing is critical to do,” Birch said.  “To dispel if it’s untrue.  If it’s true, to deter the use and reduce it.  Either way, we benefit by conducting the test.”

Some details need to still be ironed out, but the goal remains to test for HGH by the time the 2011 season begins.  It’ll then be time to sit back and wait to see who, if anyone, tests positive — and in turn to wonder what excuses will be offered when they do.

31 responses to “League intends to create “constant threat” of HGH testing

  1. I wonder if players are already researching which OTC medications can result in a false positive on the test so they can stock up now and have a ready-made excuse.

  2. Guys are jacked well before they get to the NFL, and why not? If you can win a Heisman Trophy in college, you can become independantly wealthy from that alone. Not to mention the big four year guaranteed contract you sign before your muscles start to atrophy and your head shrinks back to it’s orginal size.

  3. All the joking about Matthews and Hillis is fun and all, but I want to know about Trent Richardson. I would like to believe his is clean, but a kid should not be able to run a 4.3 and bench 475 lbs as a snack. They say he can do way more than that but the weight coach wont let him.

  4. “before your muscles start to atrophy and your head shrinks back to it’s orginal size.”

    Obviously you have no idea what HGH is, what it does when used properly, and why athletes use it.

  5. This HGH testing is a joke…..

    It’s OK for players who are on crutch’s before a game to be shot up with every kind of pain-killer know to mankind so they can play. Yet an effective drug that can help a player actually heal is banned…..

  6. The players should refuse to submit to testing.

    If every single player refused testing the NFL would have a problem on their hands.

    they can’t suspend everyone.

  7. Let these modern day “gladiators” take what ever drug they want. The NFL is purely for entertainment purposes only. Plus with the new labor agreement they get all types of improved health benefits. It’s win-win.

    Take the HGH away and start the decline in product quality (smaller athletes, less anger, softer hitting, shorter passes). Who ends up getting screwed….THE FANS.

  8. @herlies – Seemingly you do. That makes it fine for 12 year olds, then? As long as they are “athletes” and it is “used properly” by them. I hear it’s all the rage in some Asian countries to put young kids on HGH. Create the next Yao Ming.

  9. Read the book, ” optimum sports nutrition” by Doctor Michael Colgan
    At Amy given time 90% of Pro football players are taking Roids. Part of the sport. Explain how average “Joe” breakable leg, he’s on crutches for 8 months
    A WR does, he misses 3-4 games……….. Yeah ok! Too much money involved. But I still watch

  10. You have to think a guy like James Harrison is a target. The guy gets cut multiple times, bounces around from team to team, then almost overnight becomes one of the best pass-rushers in the league. Something is off there.

    Same with Clay Matthews, his USC Teammate Brian Cushing has already been caught with Steroids. You have to think Matthews may be on something as well.

    I’d love to be proven wrong, but you have to be suspicious of those two especially.

  11. The moral values and values of human life of some of the posters on this site is scarey. Let a player take human growth hormones or any other physically enhancing/mind altering drug just so the game is faster, the players more ferocious, and the tackles more brutal. Just so it whets our vicarious pleasures for inflicting pain. I wonder how many of these posters who think drugs of any kind should be permitted in the NFL would allow their sons to use the same drugs while playing grade school or high school football. And when these kids hit college, maybe you want to deal with ‘roid rage.

  12. 10 to 1 Odds James Harrison is tested first in the league from a RANDOM SAMPLE…

    James Harrison will be suspended for failing the HGH testing…

  13. This is going to be a touchy subject. We’ll soon find out how many players use HGH. Big question will be an immediate suspension or warnings.

  14. Bottom line… It’s never a bad thing when the powers that be are helping to keep immature people in check… HGH is dangerous if not used for it’s intended purpose.

  15. I think ultimately the NFL is gonna regret this decision to start testing for HGH.

    HGH is why we get players back in the same season rather half way through the next. It’s why the players can take some of the hits they do and not liquify internaly.

    As players stop using HGH we’ll see longer recovery times, more players exiting the game early in their careers and ultimately more injuries.

  16. “1liondriven says:
    Aug 9, 2011 8:03 PM
    The players should refuse to submit to testing. If every single player refused testing the NFL would have a problem on their hands. They can’t suspend everyone.”


    Uh huh. How many of those players will start missing those paychecks? Most are living paycheck to paycheck believe it or not. Baby mommas, entourages, jewelry, and high end bar tabs aren’t cheap!

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