To think there wasn’t something going on is to ignore the ultracompetitive nature of football players, never mind coaches and owners. As Riecke’s steroid-pushing doctor once said, “I honestly believe that if I’d told people back then that rat manure would make them strong, they’d have eaten rat manure.”
Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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