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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

'Wall' Must Block Better


Vikings Defensive Tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams are referred to as Minnesota's Wall. They are the heart of the defensive line that prevents RB's like Chicago's Matt Forte from getting into the end-zone. Case in point, Sunday night when the "Williams Wall" stopped Forte and the Bears four straight times at the one-yard line. After the turnover on downs, the Vikings connected on a 99-yard TD on the ensuing play, which was the turning point in the game - and potentially the division.

However, if the "Williams Wall" is capable of stopping professional NFL players in their tracks, they should also be strong enough to know and prevent what goes into their own bodies. Whether they took a "water pill," a dietary supplement or something else, these are all recognized by the league as potential masking agents for steroids. Why don't players understand they must be ultra careful with what they put into their bodies? In this steroid-era, players should literally get an okay from the league whether their product is legal or not. It sounds ridiculous, but there are so many products and so much confusion, that the league should have people available to answer these sorts of questions. And if it appears to be a questionable substance, I wouldn't go near it. Players should just not take it. The diuretic or supplement may not have had any connection with steroids in these cases, but league rules are league rules and players need to remain vigilant in recognizing the potential consequences of their decisions.

It's still unclear whether the Williamses will play Sunday or the week after or not again this regular season. Regardless, the "Williams Wall" put something into their system that provided a positive test. These guys should have steered clear of any questionable nutritional products -- that way, they would have tackled the issue before it ran over them.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 4, 2008; 8:07 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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