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Problems with Steroids in Football

By Chris Johnson On July - 29 - 2009

A hot topic in sports news today is that of performance enhancing drugs. This issue has been a concern of many who either watch or participate in sports.

With growing concern, we as sports fans have seen an influx of investigations, senate probes, and speculative reports of these performance enhancing drugs effect on the sports.

Why is it that many professional athletes have to use drugs to improve there game? Is it the pressure they feel to keep playing the sport? Is it due to expectations of owners and fans alike?

One of the biggest examples of how a player will end up using these types of drugs is the late Lyle Alzado. Alzado played for the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders of the NFL, as a defensive lineman.

In 1992, Alzado died from a brain tumor, which he attributed to his use of anabolic steroids. Alzado weighed only 98 pounds when he died at the age of 43.

Shortly before his death he stated in a Sports Illustrated article, “I started taking anabolic steroids in 1969 and never stopped. It was addicting, mentally addicting. Now I’m sick, and I’m scared. Ninety percent of the athletes I know are on the stuf...

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