It was also on SportsCenter this morning, you might want to catch the next showing.
Posted on Fri, Mar. 25, 2005
Haslett: Steroids rampant in 1980s MARY FOSTER Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans coach Jim Haslett, a former linebacker, says he used steroids in the early 1980s, and claims the Pittsburgh Steelers' use of the drugs during Super Bowl championship seasons in the 1970s brought steroids into vogue around the NFL. Haslett said Thursday that when he played, steroid use was rampant because the league had no policy banning such drugs. "I talked about it to show how far our league has come," he said. Haslett, the Steelers' defensive coordinator from 1997-99, made his initial remarks about his own use and accusations against the Steelers on Wednesday in Hawaii at the league's annual meeting. "It started, really, in Pittsburgh," he said. "They got an advantage on a lot of teams. ..." Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who ran the team during the 1970s, denied the Steelers pioneered steroid use in the NFL. "This is totally false when he says it started with the Steelers in the '70s," Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "(Then-coach) Chuck Noll was totally against it. ... Haslett, maybe it affected his mind." Haslett, who played from 1979-1987, said he used steroids for one season early in his career. He estimated half the league's players, and all its linemen, took steroids in the 1980s. The league began testing for steroids in 1987 and started using random, year-round drug testing in 1990.
I've been watching the NFL a long time and I am surprised by the heat all of you and others are giving Haslett. I'd have to agree that a good share of the players in the 70s and 80s and maybe the 90s were roid users.
John Matuszak claimed that his brain tumor was caused by the use of steroids where he played. He died later, still a fairly young age, of heart failure which steroids was probably a contributor.
Steve Courson, who played for Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay claims that his steroid use was at least a partial cause of his cardiomyopathy. He also says a lot of the NFL players were using steroids.
Steroids were not even tested for in the NFL until 1989. If you don't believe there were a lot of guys taking them to compete I think you may have your head in the sand.