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Bradshaw Says It Was Just Cortisone, Not Anabolic Steroids…

…But Was That Just A Convenient Excuse?

It comes down to what you really believe. After opening up a can of worms, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw did a little damage control. Appearing during the press conference introducing the recently retired Michael Strahan to the FOX NFL crew, Bradshaw did his best to backtrack from his comments last week during a radio interview with Dan Patrick, most likely after bunkering down with FOX executives.

“I’m not bodybuilding here,” he said. “They were not that kind of steroids. They were anti-inflammatories.” Trying to pass off his earlier comments as though he meant cortisone shots is like Bill Clinton saying that he smoked marihuana, but didn’t inhale. All athletes – even ones that come across as unintelligent as Bradshaw – know what a cortisone shot is and not call it a ‘steroid,’ especially in today’s paranoid sports world.

If Bradshaw did use steroids when he played, then he would just be another in the line of many. Admitting it now would not take away from his great career. It made no sense for him to say anything about it, but he just compounded it by looking like he made an innocent mistake in classification.

To put the exclamation point on his reversal, Bradshaw even went to the extreme by stating that he has “been on steroids for about six weeks” in post-surgical convalescence from a procedure done recently to repair a broken vertebrae from when he was an active player. I suppose that he was trying to make sure everyone understood that ‘steroids’ is Bradshaw’s pet name for cortisone.

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4 Comments

  1. Joe Garrigan

    July 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Actually there are certain compounds that doctors give patients that are called steroids which arent anabolic steroids so his mistake is entirely possible.My grandmother takes them for her back.

  2. Joe Garrigan

    July 4, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    And btw dude learn how to spell its marijuana anyone with a high school education knows that.

  3. Joe Pietaro

    July 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    While I certainly appreciate your comment, I have to disagree with you to a degree. I have to take a wild guess here and say that Terry Bradshaw has more knowledge of the difference between AAS and other forms of steroids than your grandmother – or anyone’s grandmother. I had corrective eye surgery some years back and was prescribed eyedrops that had steroids in them. I was fully aware that I wasn’t a “juice monkey” after using them, much like grandma’s back meds.

  4. Joe Pietaro

    July 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Ah, Joe Garrigan. I have to disagree with you once again, although I appreciate your obvious youthful enthusiasm. In a strange turn of events, BOTH of us are correct. Here is a ‘taste’ from Wikipedia:

    Although modern America uses the spelling “marijuana”, in keeping with the most common spelling, the correct spelling for the Marihuana Tax Act is “Marihuana”. “Marihuana” was the spelling most commonly used in Federal Government documents at the time. To stay consistent with prior law, it is still spelled “Marihuana” in some congressional bills such as HR 3037, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005.

    And, yes, my friend. I do have a high school education and diploma, as well as nearly 80 college credits (still wish I finished). I probably will attest to my old fashioned spelling of that word being different to your ‘newer, hipper’ style is you – and this is only an educated guess – being much younger than I (40 years of age). If you would tell me your age, I’m sure we can put this matter to rest. Thanks for visiting and reading. -Joe

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