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Morning links: Sherman says half the NFL takes Adderall

Post by Eric Williams on April 10, 2013 at 10:18 am with 54 Comments »
April 10, 2013 10:18 am
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman continued to lend his hand with community-oriented projects during the offseason. His latest outing included a visit to Cambridge elementary school north of the border in Surrey, British Columbia for the NFL’s Play 60 program.

But along the way, Sherman can’t seem to avoid stirring the pot. Buried at the bottom of this story by Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun, Sherman talked about getting his positive test for the banned substance Adderall reversed through an NFL appeal process last season.

“About half the league takes it (Adderall) and the league has to allow it,” Sherman said Tuesday. “The league made a mistake in my case. Obviously, I didn’t do anything, but you have to go through a process to prove you didn’t do anything. There are still naysayers out there who don’t believe me. But I accept it. If everybody loves you, it probably means you’re not much of a player.”

Of course, the league would strongly disagree with Sherman’s statement, noting the rigid drug testing process all players must adhere to during the regular season. Specifically, this is the same drug testing program that ensnared Seattle teammates Brandon Browner and Winston Guy for taking a similar drug. So it seems unlikely that nearly half the league is taking some type of illegal, performance-enhancing stimulate and getting away with it.

Once again, it’s unfortunate that Sherman’s good deeds continue to be overshadowed by his inability to self-edit what he says during interviews.

ESPN’s sports business writer Darren Rovell reports that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson’s No. 3 was No. 12 in the NFL jersey sales from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. Robert Griffin III was No. 1.

Here’s a video to get you pumped up for the upcoming season.

Rob Rang of writes that the new cap on rookie salaries after pick 10 makes it less of a risk to take a quarterback in the first round. He believes up to five quarterbacks could be taken in the opening round.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports provides a list of eight players who did not tear up the combine but are just “football players.” Michigacn signal caller Denard Robinson makes the list, along with Chase Thomas, an outside linebacker for Stanford.

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  1. FleaFlicker says:

    Isn’t like half the population on Adderall anyway? Or at least half of college kids.

    Draft cannot get here fast enough.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    The league, especially under Goodell, is not going to legalize what is basically an amphetamine (for those who do not have OCD).

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Okay I’ll admit, that video did pump me up. Sweet!

  4. “The league, especially under Goodell, is not going to legalize what is basically an amphetamine (for those who do not have OCD)”

    Yes, but somehow Ray Lewis can get away with using deer antler spray; apparently because he’s ‘Ray Lewis’, and Goodell puts the icons of his league in an exclusive bracket where these things are allowed.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    That’s a bit too cynical. He denied it just as Sherm denied taking adderall. Regardless, I’m only referring to what the league will allow under their drug policy.

  6. princeaden says:

    My guess is that while Sherman’s opinions are not widely accepted, I believe he is telling the truth. For some people the truth can be troublesome.

  7. FleaFlicker says:

    But you have to love the logic that a player can legally consume a dozen 5-Hour Energy drinks before a game, but not a pill of Adderall…to basically accomplish the same thing.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    I love Sherman, the player. But I have to admit if he was on any other team I’d absolutely despise him. You know that little voice in your head that tells you when to just be quiet and not say anything that might get you noticed in a bad way? Sherman doesn’t have that.

    As to his comment about Adderall. I don’t care if it is the new pharmicutical of choice with the players. It is a controlled substance.

    I have ADHD. My son has Inattentive ADHD (used to be called ADD).

    We are both on a high dose of one of the ADHD meds. (Not Adderall because it does have side effects).

    All of these medications are specifically designed to spead up the one part of the brain that allows average people to stay focused and on task.

    They are also being abused in the High School and University systems because they are a great way to study for hours without getting mentally exhausted and physically tired.

    But taken without a prescription with a closely monitored and controlled daily doseage they can be dangerous.

    So much to the point that every pill is closely controlled. You can only have your prescription filled on a month to month basis and if you try and refill it too soon the system alerts the pharmicist.

    Just because ‘1/2 the NFL players are doing it…’ isn’t a reason to just make the drug legal.

    That was a very uninformed thing for Sherman to say and will definitely lead to backlash as well as a few unannounced knocks on his door by the NFL drug screening people.

  9. To me, this is a non-story. (Gasp! Shock! Pro Athletes take pharmaceuticals to help them compete? Gasp! Shock!)

    I’ve always believed most pro athletes use pharmaceuticals to get an edge. They are the most competitive people on the planet, after all. Are they going to say ‘no thanks’ to a scientifically-developed competitive edge that’s made available to them? No.

    The sports media is in deep denial about this. Especially the ex-players on radio and tv who continually deliver all that nonsense about how ‘they never took the stuff’, and they ‘never saw much of it in the locker room’. Bunk. Its like your dad bragging about the ‘good old days’ when everyone was honest, hard-working, and he had to walk 10 miles to school in the snow, uphill both ways. Its the way everyone would like to be thought of. But it just aint true.

    The pharma industry, and the black-market pharma industry, are producing new products and masking agents all the time. They have incentive to keep developing and selling products that wealthy customers want. There is no such incentive to help the drug testing industry keep pace; testing will always lag far behind. Testing programs are basically a CYA marketing operation to help the league owners protect their image and brand. There is no way they are able to test everyone for all the new pharmaceuticals being used. Preventing “banned substances” is a marketing appeal to low-information sports fans, that’s all it is.

    A more basic question: how does adderall in any way damage the game of football? It helps people focus. I take a cup of coffee in the morning to help me think quickly. Should that be outlawed too?

    New technologies, including pharma, are part of sports, business, and life, and no one is going to hold them back. I can see a good reason to outlaw a substance shown to be dangerous to people’s health (such as old-fashioned anabolic steroids being linked to cancer). But if a professional wants to take a pharmaceutical that helps his body heal from injury, or maintain energy, or focus, what the heck is wrong with that? It does not destroy competition or fairness in the sport. If anything, it improves both. Athletes know this and they aren’t’ about to say no to anything that helps them compete.

    The only real story here is how everyone in pro sports keeps up this lame cover story that drugs aren’t a part of sports. People are skilled at denial when their income is at stake.

  10. “I love Sherman, the player. But I have to admit if he was on any other team I’d absolutely despise him. You know that little voice in your head that tells you when to just be quiet and not say anything that might get you noticed in a bad way? Sherman doesn’t have that.”

    Lol. Agreed, Chuck. I love Sherman but I hope he grows up soon.

  11. Thankfully, my wife takes Adderall because she can be pretty flighty, sooooooooo, uh-uhm, of course…

    …with those sweet little blue pills sitting around (and they do taste sweet) I may have accidently ingested a few.

    So, if those were indeed Aderall, I can report first hand…that they do help with focus, and they help with focus, and really sort of improve focus…

    But, they don’t provide much of an energy boost or anything else that would translate to more yards on the football field.

    If Gooderall is serious about banning performance enhancing drugs, he should go after energy drinks, Skittles, and Gummmy Worms because all three, especially when taken together at half-time, will add some serious zip to your zippity.

  12. lol. and Skittles on the field could make you slip and fall. Very dangerous. haha.

  13. Carlsonkid says:

    It was an off the cuff remark made at the end of an interview when asked about his failed drug test last year , calm down people . The bigger story being missed is the fact the seal was broken on the cup , and how many other players have had false positives .

    I could make a generalized comment , something like “half the Niner fans I meet are loudmouth jerks” ; just because I say that doesn’t make it true … does it ? : )

  14. Good point Carlsonkid. People take his comments way too seriously. I wear my #25 jersey proudly, and dont give a crap what he says. He is ours and i’m stoked about that

  15. CDHawkFan says:

    Carlson, I disagree, I think it’s more like 90%.

  16. oldmanfan says:

    Geez, Sherman, why not just dare the NFL to bust you?
    I will be amazed if he doesn’t end up taking a mid-season vacation.

  17. oldmanfan says:

    I agree I would hate him if he were on any other team – but I have to say I like having a guy like that on OUR team for once.

    Just wish he would be a little smarter. Stanford grad, right?

  18. Adderall just might help Sherman pay attention to what he says to reporters.

  19. Antideluvian says:

    According to BusinessInsider, it’s not just the NFL with substantial Adderall consumption, but overachievers in business. Yesterday they had an article entitles “15 Things Overachievers Do”. And #2 on the list is….

    2. They use pharmaceuticals. Adderall is de rigueur for the high-powered jobs in high-powered cities to the point that there is a shortage of available Adderall, (and a site to monitor the shortage). Pharmaceutical frenzy is nothing new for gen-yers who used prescription drugs to get a leg up on everything.

    Frankly, I’m MUCH more worried that the person I’m competing with for a job is on the stuff than if an athlete is using it.

  20. Yikes.

    We need to get RW to step forward as the teams media focus so Sherman can step back.

  21. I wish we would sign a FA kicker and maybe an OLB too. I am fine with drafting at these spots, but especially at kicker, hate to be dependant a rookie. Hauschka must be available for a modest salary at this point.

  22. How do you think R-dub can sit in a darkened room watching game film for 16 hours straight?!

  23. What if Wilson starting taking Adderall, he would be unstoppable.

  24. bbnate420 says:

    This is retarded! Basically, ADD and ADHD are the same thing. ADD is Attention Deficit Disorder, and ADHD is Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Really, basically the same thing.

  25. bbnate420 says:

    Adderall wouldn’t make much of a difference to someone like Sherm if he didn’t have ADD or ADHD.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    It would be like taking 5-6 shots of espresso, but that’s fine, right?

  27. Ewalters7354 says:

    Yea Sherm gets lost sometimes in his interviews.

  28. vichawkfan says:

    sign Antoine Winfield today. That is all.

  29. Carlsonkid says:

    CD , LOL .. it probably really is closer to 90% !

    Richard Sherman = Gary Payton , a great player with a mouth and some ‘tude – and his play on the field backs it up . Been a while since we’ve had that around here folks , enjoy it .

    We’re always so ‘politically correct’ here in the Northwest – but then we gripe about how we’re thought of as “south Alaska” and never get any respect from the rest of the country . The players on this football team are a microcosm of their fans ; generally passed over and under appreciated by the other kids in the sand box , now they’re the bullies on the block everyone else steps back from ..

    Enjoy it while it lasts people .

  30. “They are also being abused in the High School and University systems because they are a great way to study for hours without getting mentally exhausted and physically tired.” – chuck

    Now this right here, I would place odds on in Vegas for being the main reason NFL players are taking the stuff – DB’s in particular.

    Every week of the regular NFL season is basically like a midterm. These midterms come in varying degrees of complexity, but they require hours and hours of film study – that is if you want to be good at what you do, or in Sherman’s case, one of the best.

    Tendencies are closely studied; everything from what a team likes to do based on down and distance, personnel, formation, etc. How many different formations will a team run the exact same play from? What are a particular team’s tendencies when using presnap motion? The list goes on and on. Seriously, there is probably not enough hours available in a day to go over all of this stuff even in the span of a week. But the good ones study this stuff relentlessly because they know it’s going to eventually lead to getting paid more money.

  31. How many people read the article? It attributes Adderall to Sherman’s statement. The word he actually uses is “it,” which could be something else. I’d sure love to know what the context of that sentence was because statements can be so misleading without full context. I know we’ve all seen our share during political campaigns.

  32. RDPoulsbo says:

    I don’t have a problem with Sherman’s remarks. They were off the cuff and maybe a little exaggerated, but I’d guess about 1/3 of the league takes it with a league waiver. High-speed IMO, but someone will probably try to blow it up a much more than it is.

    It might be less of a risk, but I just don’t like any of the QBs I’m this year’s draft. Barkley might be an exception as he rehabs his shoulder, but that in itself is a significant risk. Sucks to be a team needing a starter out of this group.

  33. As to hating Sherman if he were on another team, I just dont understand that. Deion Sanders talked waaay more crap than Sherman, especially onfield. And unlike that pretty boy Sanders, Sherman tackles like a beast and isnt afraid to get his hands dirty. Many players are mouthy and competitive. Look at DeAngelo Hall and the corner for Atlanta who was hollering after the game about Carrol and Sherman…

    To me, its the East Coast Bias rearing its ugly head again. Had it been Charles Tillman of Chicago mouthing at Hasselbeck after beating Seattle rather than SHerm hollering at the sainted Brady, it would have led to an opposite reaction nation-wide. Face it; most of the US poulation is centered along the East Coast and CA, and they think that area is the center of the universe. They HATE it when teams from the perimeter (esp South Alaska Seahawks) win and/or get in the media.

    YEah, I wish Sherm had a bit more of the inner editor than he does, and the thing with Skip Bayless (Im better at life than you) was just plain weird and uncomfortable, but on the whole Sherman is fine. A competitive person with a chip on his shoulder due to being overlooked for so long.

    Im not the guy who usually likes flashy players, nor mouthy ones; but how can you not like Sherman, no matter what team you root for?! He’s a great story, and fun to watch and he’s entertaining as hell on and off the field.

    Sherman is awesome, and I hope he keeps baiting opposing qb’s and mouthing off his whole career. Just not like the one on Bayless…

  34. Ewalters7354 says:

    “How do you think R-dub can sit in a darkened room watching game film for 16 hours straight?!”

    Hahaha now that was a good laugh!

  35. PixelDummy says:

    “How do you think R-dub can sit in a darkened room watching game film for 16 hours straight?!”

    “What if Wilson starting taking Adderall, he would be unstoppable.”

    Adderall would be ineffective on the circuitry and operating system of our QB…however, WD-40 has been spotted in the locker of #3

  36. dirtbiker_joey says:

    “95 percent of professional cyclists use EPO and blood transfusions, they should just make those things legal. Not that I ever did any of that stuff”

    – Lance Armstrong

  37. rramstad says:

    I’m conflicted on many levels, but ultimately, love Sherman and am glad he’s on our team.

    I do think Adderall is potentially dangerous and don’t think it’s a good idea for people to take it as an enhancer.

    Conversely, I pretty much cannot cope without a good jolt of caffeine within the first two hours of waking up. My drug happens to be legal.

  38. PFT reports that Seneca Wallace has been signed to the Raiders.

    Someone thinks he can at least play as a backup and/or third stringer.

    Still wish we had him instead of Quinn, but I gotta trust JS and PC on this one. Besides, I certainly dont want to see Quinn playing in any games next year unless we have a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter.

  39. On the drug thing; all drugs are not equal. Drinking coffee is not on the level of taking adderall. The fact is, Adderall is banned in the NFL and players taking it with out a legitimate NEED to calm ADHD or a related condition are cheating.

    Whether its cheating on the level of Roids or HGH or speed or whatever is in the eye of the beholder. As it stands, all are illegal and will get you busted.

  40. With all due respect to Eric’s favorite team, about The Raiders signing Wallace…it is the Raiders. I sure as hell hope PCJS make better decisions than the Raiders. The past 3 years have shown they make better decisions than the Raiders have the past decade.

  41. bbnate420 says:

    First of all, there is no real evidence that HGH enhances performance in adults. It will cause adolescents to grow, provided they have enough IGF, Insulin-like Growth Factor available. Yes, HGH doesn’t direcly make any tissues grow. Ritalin or Adderall will give no advantage to someone with ADD or ADHD. It will give a slight boost to those without it, OBVIOUSLY depending on how much thy take.

  42. bbnate420 says:

    Don’t always believe the hype. Google it, and look at a number of different sources if you don’t believe me.

  43. ruminator1 says:

    there you go again bnate with the retard comment. i do not know why you cannot see this as an insult. i think generally you contribute positively to this site. but i do not understand why you continue to used “retard” as your critique of choice.

  44. seatowntp says:

    Richard Sherman needs two things. . .

    First, he needs the football season to begin (as we all do).

    Second, he needs a seven second delay on his responses.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    “Adderall wouldn’t make much of a difference to someone like Sherm if he didn’t have ADD or ADHD”

    “Ritalin or Adderall will give no advantage to someone with ADD or ADHD.”

    bbnate: Adderall will effect someone regardless if they have ADD or not, but it effects in different ways. It’s an amphetamine, and those without ADD will feel the corresponding effects. Someone with ADD will not be effected in that way and will actually have the ability to focus. NFL players (among others) have been taking amphetamines in one form or another for decades as a way to “amp” themselves up.

  46. The policies of the NFL (and the other professional leagues) are confusing when they talk about drugs. They talk about performance enhancing drugs, but they allow pain killers which can keep a hurt player on the field. How is a player receiving an injection in a joint not performance enhancing? Marijuana is certainly not performance enhancing, and is even legal in this state. Does that mean players in Wash should be able to use it?

  47. RDPoulsbo says:

    As I understand it, HGH for athletes isn’t for on the field performance, but helps speed recovery from injury. I think it should be banned, but I don’t doubt players on IR are taking it, especially if they aren’t subject to random testing.

    Add for Sherman and adderall, I do believe him that he never took it. Maybe I it’s because he’s my favorite Seahawk, but the way he protested it and won leads me to believe he didn’t just get off on a technicality. As for several in general, it makes sense to ban it though. It is a prescription, and you can’t pick and choose which drugs you can or can’t take even if you don’t have a doctor’s consent. Should accept vicodin addicts because it’s a contact sport? I think the type of successful players in the NFL trend to be people who need several, but there’s no excuse for those without a prescription.

  48. HonHawksLSB says:

    They had a specialist on ESPN around the time Sherm and Browner were suspended for Adderal and he basically said that Adderal allows you to play fast and increase focus.

    His analogy was something like this… If you can imagine the opposing teams formation and play unfolding in slow motion while your body is still moving in fast motion.

    It is clearly an illegal advantage and should not be allowed in the game.

  49. tindrummer33 says:

    Though I thought Richard was too strident in his take down of Bayless, I give him top marks for his congeniality up here in Vancouver. I had ice level, behind-the-net tickets to Monday’s Canucks/Coyotes hockey game and Richard (wearing a Canucks jersey) was sitting three seats over. After his image was shown on the Jumbotron, a long stream of autograph seekers amassed. For 20-30 minutes, he signed, smiled, joked, and posed for photos (though one lady thought he was Chris Rock). He laughed when someone asked him to sign, “To Larry Fitzgerald.” Dude is charismatic. Dude’s gone global. What’s next?

  50. Singularitarian says:

    Being mature and being subservient are not the same thing. There was nothing immature about Muhammad Ali, just that subservient yes sir cowards think that it’s not “mature”.

  51. Singularitarian says:

    ADHD and ADD are now universally just called ADHD. Innatentenive and hyperactive are the two types of ADHD. Also if you have adhd it means there is a problem with the amount of stimulation your brain recieves in ordinairy situations. in a class setting, for example, adhd won’t let your mind focus. On the flip side if you are held at gunpoint, your mind has no problem paying attention. Most of a football game there is enough addrenaline pumping to keep adhd under wraps. The main reason for taking it is for focus on film study

  52. seatowntp says:

    This is probably pathetic to admit, but that video gave me chills.

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