Anthony Gonzalez Believes Many NFL Players are Using HGH

The NFL is set to begin testing for HGH, possibly as early as Week 1 of the upcoming season. Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez believes the league is going to find a lot once testing is underway.  According to the Indy Star, Gonzalez said he would not be surprised if HGH use was widespread across the NFL.  That should not come as earth-shattering news to anyone, but it certainly carries more merit when coming from a player than a member of the media.

“How many guys are on it, that’s hard to say,” Gonzalez said. “It could be 10, it could be a hundred or more; either way, it’s too much. But around the league, you see guys on Sunday, and things don’t add up; they don’t look right. I see guys I saw in college, now they’re in the NFL and they look totally different. I don’t know how prevalent it is at this point, but to say that it’s not being used, that’s wrong.”

The NFLPA can’t be happy about those comments.  Players try to protect themselves from random, invasive testing for a number of reasons.  Steelers safety Ryan Clark is one player who expressed concern with the testing, arguing that the players wanted to get a new CBA done so badly that testing was overlooked.  Clark and others wonder if the test will be “too invasive” and the league will use the blood to search for more than just HGH.  I can’t see that happening, and even if they did they would be in extremely hot water if they released the results.

If people are indeed using HGH, testing is necessary and will help clean up the game.  After all, it’s not like they’re testing for deer antler spray.

Chest bump to Shutdown Corner for the story.

Hall of Fame Has No Plans to Address Inductees Representing Sponsors with Pins

The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions took place last weekend in Canton, Ohio and Deion Sanders drew our attention. It wasn’t his act of throwing a bandanna on his bust that stood out, but rather the way he represented a sponsor during his speech.

Deion wore the logo of his sponsor on a pin placed on the right jacket lapel. He also thanked his sponsor during his speech. He wasn’t the only player who did that; Marshall Faulk had a sponsor’s logo on the left jacket lapel.

We were extremely irked that Deion essentially sold commercial time during his speech and wrote about it. On Tuesday, I called the Pro Football Hall of Fame to see if they had any plans to address the issue.

Vice President of Marketing Dave Motts told LBS the Hall of Fame does not have plans to address players representing sponsors during their speech. Motts said “It is not a policy and based on what Deion Sanders did, we understand why he did it.”

Motts said he was unaware that Marshall Faulk also represented a sponsor during his speech.

LBS is optimistic that the Pro Football Hall of Fame will consider a policy that prevents players from representing sponsors during their induction ceremony. There’s no need for endorsement deals at a time when players are being celebrated for achieving the highest individual honor in football.

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Chad Ochocinco Plans to Live with Fan for First Few Weeks of Season

Chad Ochocinco is known for his wacky behavior and publicity stunts, but he’s come up with something so unique I’ve been compelled to share it. According to Christopher Price at WEEI, Ocho plans to live with a fan the first few weeks of the NFL season.

“I’m going to do something different — I’m going to stay with a fan, probably for the first two, three weeks of the season, so that should be fun until I get myself acclimated and learn my way around and just find a place,” Ochocinco said after practice Tuesday.

He’s not sure how he’s going to go about picking his new residence, but there are two minor requirements.

“They have to have Internet and they have to have xBox. That’s about it.”

Living in someone else’s property is nothing new for Chad. He used to talk about sleeping over at the Bengals’ facility at times. He also expressed his desire to spend a summer at Carson Palmer’s house.

If Chad really is serious about living with a fan for the first few weeks of the season, may I suggest LBS’ own Steve DelVecchio? He’s a Patriots fan, he’s clean, he knows his way around the area, and you better believe he has an internet connection. So what do you say, Chad? You down?

Jerry Rice: Randy Moss was Lazy and Hard for Me to Watch

Why is it that Jerry Rice is considered the greatest receiver of all time?  Is it because he had the best quarterbacks?  They were pretty good.  Is it because he has the most natural-born talent?  He has quite a bit of that, too.  Or is it just because he wanted it more than everyone else?  According to Rice, that’s the thing that separates him from a guy like Randy Moss.

As Pro Football Talk pointed out, Rice joined ESPN Radio Tuesday morning and shared some thoughts about the recently-retired Moss.  Rice said he believes Moss could have been one of the greatest receivers in football history had he just tried harder.

“It was hard for me to swallow because I was not as talented and I had to work harder,” he said. “To see a guy with that much talent not give it 100 percent, it was almost like a little slap in the face. But Randy was Randy.

“He could have been one of the greatest if he had worked just a little bit harder. I don’t think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes you’d get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times you’d get the guy that took a couple plays off.”

For many of us, Rice is simply stating the obvious.  Moss was accused of quitting when Matt Cassel took over for New England and has given up various times throughout his career.  Members of the media have always criticized Moss for being a quitter, but it sounds a little better coming from the greatest receiver in NFL history.  Moss had the tools to be even better than Rice, but he always lacked the heart.

Angry Fan Sends Hate Mail After Seeing Tim Tebow Wear His Hat Backwards

Here I was thinking that most fans loved Tim Tebow. Heck, we even saw a pregnant woman have Timmy sign her baby bump this weekend. Apparently not everyone loves him. Either that, or one fan loves him so much he was disappointed when he saw the star quarterback wear his cap backwards.

A fan named “John” wrote an angry letter to new Broncos receiver David Anderson to complain about Tebow rocking the backwards hat. As Jimmy Traina pointed out to us, David Anderson shared the letter on twitter:

We already knew some fans were insane, but this takes things to a new level. Who is so upset by a backwards cap they write a player a letter? Worse yet, who sends the letter to a different player? Who even sends a letter these days? I guess this is just one of life’s unanswered questions.

Shannon Sharpe Campaigned for Brother Sterling’s Hall of Fame Candidacy

Shannon Sharpe delivered a powerful speech during his Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday in Canton. Sharpe talked about growing up poor and how it motivated him to work as hard as possible. He gave thanks to his grandmother for helping to raise him properly. He also spent part of his speech committing a selfless act. Shannon campaigned for his brother Sterling’s Hall of Fame candidacy.

“My big brother Sterling. I’m the only player of 267 men that’s walked through this building to my left, that can honestly say this: I’m the only pro football player in the Hall of Fame, and I’m the second best player in my own family,” Shannon said, moving his brother to tears. “If fate had dealt you a different hand, there is absolutely no question in my mind we would have been the first brothers to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

“The 44 men and women that I thanked and congratulated earlier for giving me and bestowing this prestigious honor upon me, all I do is ask all, I can do is ask … that next time you go into that room or you start making a list, look at Sterling Sharpe’s accomplishments for a seven-year period. Of the guys that’s in the Hall of Fame at the receiver position, and the guys that have the potential to be in this building … that’s all I ask. The next time you go in that room, you think about Sterling Sharpe’s numbers for seven years. That’s all I ask.”

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Deion Sanders Disgraced Hall of Fame by Selling Out to Corporate Sponsor

Disgraceful. Disgusting. Shameful. Reprehensible. Sell out. Those were some of the words that came to mind as I witnessed Deion Sanders’ speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It wasn’t so much the speech that bothered me (though there are some aspects that made him seem phony). Rather, it was Deion’s choice to sully his esteemed gold jacket with a corporate logo, and plug his corporate sponsor during his speech, that ticked me off.

As you can see in the picture above, Deion prominently placed a pin with the logo of a sports apparel company on the right jacket lapel. Marshall Faulk also wore a logo pin, but his was on the left and hardly noticeable because it was covered by the flower. Deion’s pin stood out.

Then, four and a half minutes into his speech while Deion was thanking people in his career, he paused as he got to another category: sponsors.

“[sponsor's name] you see a bunch of kids around here with ‘truth’ on. It would have not been possible had it not been for [sponsor]. I thank you [sponsor], and I love you. Dearly,” Deion said, becoming the first person I know of who sold commercial time during a Hall of Fame induction speech.

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