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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: In the Heart of Steeler Country
Re: Saunder's suspension
No, they didn't. Steroids weren't banned in the NFL until 1982. The problem was league wide. As such, the Cowboys, Rams, Vikings, and (especially) the Raiders had juiced players as well. For that reason, it is unfair to say that the Steelers had any unfair advantage because their players were using. Steroids had nothing to do with Lambert always having his first step perfect. They had nothing to do with Ham playing absolute perfect technique. Lambert was 6'4 and played at about 200 pounds by the time the season ended. Yes, the Steelers have had more players die early than some other squads. That also has something to do with the fact that the Steelers players during that era (1972-1984) played 22 extra games, the equivalent of over a season and a half, compounded by the fact that those 22 games were playoff games, which are much more physical and intense than regular season games. Its like saying steroids are the only reason Barry Bonds hit all the home runs. They helped, but it had much more to do with amazing hand eye coordination, a nice swing, and an insane dedication to working out. To be honest, the pitchers were also hitting the juice, so it balanced out. Actually, the pitchers juicing may have helped a little, since some mediocre talent on the mound were able to throw 98 mph, but didn't have the control to keep the ball away from his power area.
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