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NFL Still Faces Hurdles In HGH Testing Despite Players' Support For New Study
Published July 29, 2013
FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH: Bears TE Martellus Bennett said, "The NFL should test guys. Guys are cheating and they don't need to be cheating." Bears G Matt Slauson said, "I've been suspicious of players on other teams and even on the team I was a part of in college and the pros. It is part of the game. I don't have a problem with testing as long as it is done the correct way. One of the main concerns is testing accurately. If they can find a way to do that, I am all for it" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/29). Panthers QB Cam Newton: "Whatever the NFL decides to do I'm all for it, whether HGH testing or any testing. I'll be prepared to do the test." Panthers TE Greg Olsen said, "I don't think we want to go down the road that baseball's got themselves in, trying to play catch-up." But he added, "You don't want someone showing up at your door with a needle to withdraw blood, so I do understand the PA's point on that" (AP, 7/27). Chargers LB Dwight Freeney: "I like an even playing field, so do it all. Make it Olympic-system testing for all I care because it evens the playing field. Whatever it is you've got to do, just do it ... and make it as strict as possible" (CBSSPORTS.com, 7/26). Steelers S Troy Polamalu said, "I'm absolutely in favor of HGH testing" (USATODAY.com, 7/27). Vikings RB Adrian Peterson: "I like it. I love it. To be honest with you, I’ve been hoping that they did this a long time ago" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 7/26).