If NFL officials thought playing through concussions was part of the league’s culture, then former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Darren Woodson said there is another unwanted thread in the league’s fabric.
Woodson said Thursday on ESPN Radio that the NFL has a culture of performance-enhancing drugs and it will be hard to wean that out of football.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the testing,” Woodson, a three-time Super Bowl champion and 12-year veteran, said. .. . “I know it’s in the collective bargaining agreement and they’re going to start testing for doping and a lot more, (but) they have to be more serious. Once they start testing, there’s going to be a reaction.”
Woodson didn’t say if he used PEDs, but he did say the NFL will get a rude awakening when it starts testing for Human Growth Hormone and other illegal drugs.
“My body was banged up Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; Thursday I started to finally start coming around,” he said. “And I was playing at the safety position. Imagine the offensive linemen that have to go through this. Imagine the linebackers who are coming down hill all the time. You cannot tell me that it’s not a part of the NFL. It’s in the NFL and we’re going to find that out. When they start testing we’re really going to figure it out.”
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor