View Full Version : Need a reason to hate the Steelers? (Vikings)

10-23-2009, 03:05 PM
It's hard to dislike a model franchise like the Pittsburgh Steelers, with their winning tradition, enduring coaches and ownership, and commitment to hard-nosed football. Alright, maybe it's not that hard if you're a Vikings fan and you think of Super Bowl IX and Larry Brown's fumble and Vikings' recovery that was overturned by head linesman Ed "I Need Glasses" Marion...but I digress. Friend and fellow Vikings fanatic Andrew Hensley has a different reason to hate the Steelers--because they may have been the original 'roid boys:

[Before posting Drew's comments, I should note that they are speculation. There is some evidence that the '70s Steelers were using steroids, and Bradshaw has admitted taking steroids, supposedly under doctor's orders, but nothing conclusive has been proven regarding most of the team, and many prominent members of the Steelers' organization deny it; see particularly the "www.pittsburghlive.com" article linked at the end of Drew's comments. Also, steroid use was not banned by the NFL until the late '80s, although I don't know what the legal status of steroid use/abuse may have been. And finally, remember that this is primarily a speculative piece by a fan for a blog, not a piece of investigative journalism. All that said, I think Drew's argument has merit, although it's one of those historical things that can never be proven. To Drew:]

It's a theory that I, and many others, share. There have been a rash of former Steelers from their Super Bowl era that have died in the past 10 years, mostly of natural causes. Causes of death that, today, are directly linked to steroid use and abuse. Some of them just went crazy and did some crazy stuff to die or be killed. Even suicide. Emotional instability is also a long-term side effect of juicing, so the school books say.

Also, Terry Bradshaw, one of my least favorite players in the history of sports, has admitted to taking steroids during the title runs in the 70s. He was prescribed them by a doctor (I'm assuming a team doctor or a doctor "recommended" by the team). It seems as though many players on the team also went to the same doctor. Remember when Bradshaw went off the deep end about five years ago? And then it came out that he has had mental issues for years, but these issues did not start until after his time with the Steelers.

I'm not saying that nobody else was using, but I believe that Pittsburgh was the first team to do so, and when the NFL turned a blind eye to the situation, similarly to the blind eye they turned toward the Cowboys in the 90s when they were winning titles, because they did not want to possibly spoil the popularity of their league by outing "America's Team" (at the time) as a bunch of cheaters. Notice the trend with "America's Team" in different eras:

Steelers: Cheaters on steroids that clearly had an unfair advantage against the rest of the teams in the league who did not recommend steroids to their players.

Cowboys: Where do we start? You could open a penal code book at random and easily find a Cowboy guilty of whatever crime you happen to point to. Of course, Michael Irvin has toured the entire code book twice over.

Patriots: Let's not forget America's most recent "America's Team", the Patriots. They cheated during games, the NFL knew it and chose not to say anything for fear that it would ruin league popularity and, by this point, merchandising, which is the only reason why they let teams wear throwback jerseys in the first place.

I found some articles that expound on what I am talking about with Pittsburgh.

http://ballhype.com/story/terry_bradsha ... _steroids/ (http://ballhype.com/story/terry_bradshaw_says_he_used_steroids/)

-Excerpt from article linked below-
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 62321.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_462321.html)

"Seven died of heart failure: Jim Clack, 58; Ray Oldham, 54; Dave Brown, 52; Mike Webster, 50; Steve Furness, 49; Joe Gilliam, 49; and Tyrone McGriff, 41. (In 1996, four years before the steady succession of Steelers deaths, longtime center Ray Mansfield died of a heart attack at 55.)"

"For years, the Steelers have been dogged by rumors that several of them used performance-enhancing drugs in the 1970s. In an interview last year, Jim Haslett, then coach of the New Orleans Saints, admitted to experimenting with steroids as a Buffalo linebacker, and said the use of those drugs among NFL players started with the Steelers. The NFL didn't begin testing for steroids until 1987, becoming the first professional sports league to do so."

In closing, I blame the NFL. They deliberately keep these things a secret to guard the economic viability of the league. I understand that once you tell a lie, you have to keep lying, but this is past the point of ridiculousness.


http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikin ... c:_Yyc:aUU (http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/65806832.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiU9PmP:QiUiD3aPc:_Yyc: aUU)

10-23-2009, 04:13 PM

The 1963 Chargers are widely acknowledged to be the NFL's first steroids team.


Terry Bradshaw admitting to using legal corticosteroids prescribed by a doctor, not anabolic steroids to build muscle mass.


10-23-2009, 04:57 PM
Here we go again. :Hater

10-23-2009, 10:29 PM
Four words for the Vikings "hater" who focuses on that time in NFL history;

1 - They

2 - Were

3 - Not

4 - Banned