RandBall: NFL players using Viagra for an edge? Bears' Marshall says so

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • November 29, 2012 - 12:40 PM


Adderall is emerging as a drug of choice for NFL players seeking more focus on the field. But an offshoot of that discussion was brought up by Bears WR Brandon Marshall, who suggested some players are using Viagra to increase performance during games.



Let's hear him out, per the AP:

"I know guys, it's such competitive league and guys try anything just to get that edge," he said. "I've heard of guys using Viagra, seriously, because the blood, it's supposed to thin. I don't know. Some crazy stuff. It's kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things, so you have to be careful."

Marshall said he doesn't take medication "of any sort" and noted that the NFL's drug policy is strict.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Viagra is not a banned substance and declined further comment. Since the start of last season, more than 10 players suspended for failing drug tests have publicly blamed it on taking Adderall, a stimulant experts say could provide a competitive advantage by increasing concentration and possibly aggression.

But an impotence drug? Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice seemed surprised by Marshall's comment. "Viagra?" he said. "I've never heard of such a thing. He's making that up. He's got to be making that up. You've got to be kidding me."

The fact that Mike Tice is on the record on this makes us giddy. Nothing, though, will top Lance Briggs' quote.

Guess we'll know more for sure if there is ever a touchdown dance that lasts longer than four hours.

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