Human growth hormones (HGH) continues to affect the NFL and the future of pro football will certainly get impacted.
Players seem to get bigger, faster and stronger each year. And factoring in the NFL's popularity it's not surprising when questions regarding HGH enter the equation.
Unsurprisingly, there remains a impasse between the league and the players' association.
In an article by Bonnie D. Ford of ESPN.com:
Congress can't officially referee the chess game between the NFL and its players' union regarding the implementation of testing for human growth hormone, but some flags were thrown anyway during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Adolpho Birch, the NFL's senior vice president for law and labor policy, called the union's continued insistence on studying NFL players as a group of athletes unlike any other to gauge the specific effectiveness of the HGH test on them "a straw man" based on concerns that are "simply unfounded.'' He said the union has not even been willing to settle on an expert to review the literature on the test and oversee a study, which he reiterated is unnecessary given the track record of the HGH test.
Any way you slice it, we're on the brink of a potential milestone in NFL history. Given pro football's brand compared to the rest of American sports, the attention regarding HGH is not unexpected.
As a result, we have to look at the HGH impact and how a party such as congress can provide an objective perspective.