The Controversy of Terry Bradshaw’s Steroids Confession
Terry Bradshaw, the four times Super Bowl champion, three times Pro Bowl Selection, two times Super Bowl MVP, and 1978 NFL MVP was placed in a controversy after his confession of using steroid in a radio interview with Sports Illustrated hosted by Dan Patrick.
Confession Marred By Misinterpretation
According to The Red Zone Report, some people claimed that Bradshaw, by using steroids, had cheated the game. The report explained that such accuse is not surprising these days for steroids are placed in a negative light at the present times because of their life threatening risks. Players who take steroids are believed to acquire an advantage to their opponent. Because of this, steroids are viewed to cart off the balance of the game; hence, this is directly perceived to be connotative to cheating.
However, such is not the case of Bradshaw. Bradshaw clarified the issue by saying, “We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing. My use of steroids from a doctor was to speed up injury, and thought nothing of it. It was to speed up the healing process…that was it. It wasn’t to get bigger and stronger, and faster.” He further clarified his party in the Daily News Football’s featured report by saying that he was pertaining to therapeutical corticosteroid injections that are intended to lessen inflammation; and not to anabolic steroids that construct muscles.
Truth about Steroids and Bradshaw Revealed
If the era of Bradshaw will be reviewed, it can be reflected that steroids were absolutely legal. Almost anyone can obtain steroids without prescription. Hence, there is really no issue for Bradshaw committing cheating, especially when he purely used steroids for healing. A report reflected by TrackBack, showed that many of the athletes today are taking corticosteroids through cortisone shots. These drugs are neither illegal nor barred by professional sports leagues.
People cannot also claim that without steroids, Steelers will have no hall-of-famer in the person of Bradshaw. According to the report shown by New York State Department of Health, anabolic steroids are incapable to enhance the ability and agility of an athlete. These drugs are only capable to build tissue and improve body mass by acting as the natural hormone of the body. The report also stated that there are several factors involved in enhancing the ability of an athlete like genetics, diet, body size, age, and training.
Steroids in Football
Misinterpretation occurred because the case of Bradshaw was patterned to the case of the athlete using steroids these days, which are to purposely enhance body weight and construct lean muscle mass. The senior editor of Steroid.com, Anthony Roberts, revealed in his research Steroids in Football and Sports that most of the football players nowadays are alleged to use steroids because of the nature of the game itself. Obviously, small players for football can be easily defeated by the larger ones. This claim is testified by the statement of the late NFL legendary Lyle Alzado, who also had an interview with Sports Illustrated. “We’re not born to be 300 lbs or jump 30 feet. But all the time I was taking steroids, I knew they were making me play better,” he said.
Certainly, skill is not the sole thing to be considered in football but as well as the size. Same thing applies to some other types of sports. And this can be one of the bases of Julian Savulescu, professor of practical ethics at the University of Oxford, to say during the Intelligence squared U.S. series featured last January 28 of this year, “Performance enhancement is not against the spirit of sport, it's been a part of sport through its whole history