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Brandon Marshall: NFL Players Use Viagara as PED

Actually, given the origins of the drug as an anticoagulant (blood thinner), this makes sense.  In fact, you’ve ever seen the “Top Gear: South America Special” on BBC America, you see that part of “the emergency package” the producers give the three co-hosts includes three Viagara pills.

One for each co-host.  (The package also included tampons to stop river water from going into the gas tank and vaseline and condoms to waterproof their engines.)

The point of the drug is to actually thin the hosts’ blood while they were in the higher altitudes of the Andes Mountain.  So yes, as strange as it sounds, taking a Viagara to battle altitude sickness could save your life depending on what altitude you’re at versus what altitude you are used to.

“I don’t know too much about Adderall,” Marshall told news reporters. “I know guys, it is such a competitive league, guys try anything just to get that edge. I’m fortunate enough to be blessed with size and some smarts to give me my edge. But some guys, they’ll do whatever they can to get an edge. I’ve heard of some crazy stories. I’ve heard (of) guys using like Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff. So, you know, it’s kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things, so you have to be careful.”

Ignoring the sudden double entendre of his “blessed with size” description and the logistical difficulties that could result from receivers trying to run a fly pattern while under the influence, is it possible that he’s actually serious?

It appears so.

The New York Times reported in 2008 on a study funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, where Marywood University tested the drug on several members of the school’s lacrosse team to determine possible athletic benefits. WADA never added the drug to its banned substance list because there was insufficient evidence that the drug would enhance athletic performance, despite the premise that its ability to increase blood flow to certain parts of the body also would apply to muscles used on a football field.

In my book it is a PED. Thinner blood means faster blood which means more oxygen is going to where it is needed while playing on the football field.  Thus, giving you an unfair edge.  Simple enough.

It will probably be banned in a few years, and we’ll all have a joke about it since few will understand the medical science behind the drug.

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