4 Changes NFL Must Make in Drug Testing Players

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4 Changes NFL Must Make in Drug Testing Players
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The NFL must become more transparent.

The NFL has to implement some changes for its drug testing policies.

In an article by Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal in January of 2011:

Mr. [Scott] Wells instantly knew what the trainer meant and was mildly annoyed. "I just had one," he said. Before moving on, Mr. [Pepper] Burruss told Mr. Wells he should be ready "between 10 and two."

When the trainer left, Mr. Wells turned to a reporter and shrugged. "Drug test," he said.

The NFL has long maintained that its drug testing program, which administers some 15,000 tests a year, is one of the toughest in North American sports. But anti-doping experts say exchanges like the one between Mr. Burruss and Mr. Wells earlier this month raise serious questions about the general effectiveness of the program.

That said, Roger Goodell and pro football need to take stronger action, but also make the NFL more transparent. Only then will skepticism decrease in a time where there's reason to have plenty of it.

Ahead, we look at what professional football can do for itself and its players regarding drug tests.

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