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.

Be Socia­ble, Share!