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NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 4:22 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Days before the players agreed to the new collective bargaining agreement, but after the owners had already voted to ratify their version of it, NFL attorney Jeff Pash told the New York Daily News that the league not only plans to institute random blood testing for human growth hormone during the 2011 season, but that the NFLPA fully supports it.

"We expect that we will have testing for HGH," Pash said on July 21. "I think that both sides believe that's important for the integrity of the game and that we should continue to be leaders here. I think that's a view that's strongly held by the players as it by us. "

On Tuesday, Judy Battista of the New York Times reported that "The NFL, whose new collective bargaining agreement is expected to be completed and ratified by Thursday, could begin blood testing for human growth hormone as soon as September, according to a person briefed on the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly, making it the first major North American sports league to conduct such testing on its top players with the union’s consent."

The potential bump in the road? Assuming that the new CBA will be completed and ratified by Thursday.'s Will Brinson wrote earlier Wednesday that some players "doubt" a CBA will be ratified in time, although's Mike Freeman hears that there's nothing to worry about and everything is still on track.

The NFLPA has long opposed testing, citing concerns about reliability and calling the process "invasive," but Battista writes that both NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "have long seen a need for growth hormone testing and want to cast the NFL as a leader in combating drugs in major sports. … Details to be worked out include how many players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs and how they would be randomly selected when drug testing resumes. There was no drug testing of any kind conducted during the lockout."

In July, Pash suggested that while there were some issues that needed to be ironed out, "we would hope that [testing] could be ramped up by the start of the season." On Tuesday, he sounded similarly encouraged, even if the testing is pushed back a few weeks. “I think both sides have a commitment to being leaders in this area and to having the best possible program and they recognize that having testing for growth hormone is part of having the best program."

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah, however, reiterated that “The players have not agreed to any comprehensive drug testing proposal,” although Freeman notes Wednesday that "One of the things the two sides have been doing is working on HGH testing. Once that is wrapped up the CBA will be finalized."

And then, hopefully, we won't have to hear the words "lockout" and "collective bargaining agreement" for at least a decade.

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Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:10 am

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

I expect nothing less from a classless Vikings fan. Starcaps anyone?

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:38 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

   IT's almost impossible to test for HGH. Even a blood test. I doubt anyone teats positive. 

    "The test uses antibodies to identify growth hormone not produced in the body" said Christiane Ayotte, whose laboratory in Montreal conducts the testing for baseball. "The problem is that it detects growth hormone only within a few hours of it's use. We have to be there almost when they have the syringe in their skin" Ayotte said.

  HGH is generally metabolized and gone within a half hour. They test for it in the Olympics and I believe after all these years they have had only one person test positive.


Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:29 pm
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Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:55 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Blood testing is the only way to detect HGH so this is a huge step.  I guess the hopes in approving this testing is that it will scare players straight that are or are thinking about cheating.  It's sad that we have to go to these extremes to get legitimacy in sports, but I guess if it works here other sports will soon follow suit hopefully starting with baseball so records and accomplishments can be celebrated without an asterisk present.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:44 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

OK , I guess BJJ Fat A$$ Raja is clean and Clay "Steroid Mathews" also and all their oversize fat a$$ lineman for that matter ! Enjoy your short lived title cause the stool Packers will not repeat !

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:34 pm

"Herbal" combinations do help

This is interesting.  I wonder how they can reliably test for a natural human substance?  For example, Andre the Giant would have probably tested false positive because of the disease that eventually killed him.
As for "herbal" combinations, there are combos that help the body produce more HGH.  They just don't have the same effect as a vial and a needle do. 

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:28 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Clay Mattews do not ask for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee juice out of his mind so called "athelete".

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:12 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Let me get this straight, we inject them with all kinds of pain killers at half time so they can play the rest of the game but we are worried about HGH.  Sounds reasonable.

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:06 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Wow..this could be HUGE. (pun intended)
Anyone care to make a prediction on what % of NFL Players are using HGH?
I gotta say its atleast half. Most of these guys (minus k,p,QB and OL) look like body builders.
Ray Lewis is an old guy now and he looks and plays like he is 25. How about T.O.? Jerry Rice?
Seriously, did they become almost super-human from working out and eating right?

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:44 pm

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Only way to add more GH into your body is to inject, despite brainwashing from supplement companies no herb is going to do anything for gh production.

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