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Les Carpenter
Staff Writer

Les Carpenter

Yahoo! Sports reporter and former NFL writer for The Washington Post.

PEDs Don't Taint NFL


Football does not have the same perception problem with steroids as baseball. In some ways this is because the NFL did a much better job of handing the public relations of steroids by installing a set policy thus avoiding the embarrassing congressional hearings that helped to destroy the reputations of baseball players like Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark McGwire.

But even more significantly, baseball is a game of numbers, one in which statistics are seen as the true measure of a player between generations. Football does not cherish statistics the same way. Football players are elected to the Hall of Fame on a different set of criteria that often has more to do with dominance, sacrifice, dedication and team success.

And while there is little doubt a good number of football players have helped themselves through performance-enhancing drugs, there is little public outrage against the players who have been caught. Mostly it seems the public perceives steroids as a cost of building bodies to be bigger, stronger and faster. As time goes on and more and more players who are suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs come up for consideration in Canton, their steroid use will not be a significant factor in discussions.

By Les Carpenter  |  July 31, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  | Category:  NFL , Roger Goodell , Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Best piece of the lot. The NFL did a better job, though, because of one man, Don Fehr. Baseball (owners)let the inmates run the asylum for decades. They all did 'roids. How about that Gagne kid from LA? Is he even in baseball? Take a look at the size of the melon sitting on Cal Ripkin's shoulders, think he's on "The Secret List"? I'd bet the mortgage. Time to let this go, it just doesn't matter.

Posted by: delOH | August 1, 2009 9:19 AM

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