New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater isn’t just a leader on the team, he is also a leader on the league level. Slater is the Patriots NFLPA representative, and he recently told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald that he wants to see the NFL implement HGH testing. The magnitude of the usage of HGH in the NFL is not unknown, so testing will represent uncharted territory but will be an important step in helping to further clean up the game. I bet there are more players using HGH than we think, but, again, it’s all uncharted territory.
Here’s what Slater said about implementing HGH testing in the NFL, ”I think it’s good. It’s obviously something we agreed to look into further in the last negotiation. ‘I think it’s important for us, from a player’s perspective, as well as from ownership and management, to uphold the image of the shield. We want a clean game. We want a level playing field. We want a clean sport that we can be proud of. So that’s definitely something we’re hoping to get done soon and continue to uphold the image of the shield.”
If everyone is on board, as Slater implies, then we should be seeing HGH testing in the near future, and it’s going to be interesting to see how/if it impacts the game significantly. One thing I do know is that it is important to have a clean game, and Slater is right on that a “level playing field” is incredibly important.