Former National Football League quarterback Fran Tarkenton says the prevalence of performance enhancing drugs likely played a role in the decision by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland to quit football after playing professionally for just one year.
"What this guy's really saying at 24, retiring after one year . . . and walking away because if he knows if he's going to continue for another 10 years, he's got to shoot himself up with PEDs that's going to do all kinds of bad things to him," Tarkenton told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
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"Performance enhancing drugs are so much stronger today than they were 30 years ago, and we've had steroids in pro football all the way back to the '60s," he explained.
He said that according to trainers, players and doctors that he's talked to, "you cannot get these big biceps, pecs, thighs, all this muscle power you have . . . without taking performance enhancing drugs."
One of the problems, Tarkenton explained, is that "they're really not detectable, and it's epidemic."
According to the former Minnesota Vikings QB, "in 1970, there was one player that weighed 300 pounds in the National Football League. In 2010, there were 522 players that weighed 300 pounds."
"In order to play, you've got to juice. If you're going to win championships, you've got to juice," he added.
cited fear of the long-term effects of head trauma in his decision to retire from football.
"Now, what does [PEDs] have to do with concussions?" Tarkenton asked. "It makes the players bigger, stronger, faster, [and] the collisions are harder."
"I would suggest that if you talked to [Borland], he might have some things to tell you about PEDs," he added.
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