Former NFL tight end Christian Fauria revealed to the Los Angeles Times that he bought human growth hormone in an effort to help him recover from injury faster, but said he never actually used the performance-enhancing drug in fear of long-term effects.
Troubled by ankle problems late in his career, Fauria turned to an amateur pharmacist in San Diego to purchase HGH, but was ultimately too scared to take it.
“Too chicken to go through with it,” Fauria told The Los Angeles Times.
“I did my research. I had tons of ankle problems, and I was looking for a way to get back faster. I purchased it.… But what you had to go through to do it, at least the guys I talked to, I was like, ‘No way. You can’t regulate that stuff.’ I had no desire to be shooting myself up with a needle once or twice a week. I just wasn’t doing it.”
Fauria, 41, played 12 seasons in the NFL, most of which came with the Seattle Seahawks. However, he did win two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots.
The NFL Players Association recently sent a memo to players and their representatives this week, tentatively agreeing for the league to test 40 players each week of the season. Player with positive tests will receive four-week suspensions.
Via Sports Illustrated