Minnesota Vikings players aren't immune to drug problems

The San Diego Union-Tribune published a pretty detailed investigation noting all professional football performance-enhancing drug use since 1962. The Minnesota Vikings didn't come out innocent, but we can't complain too much based on the track record. Every couple years, someone has to go and ruin the fun and easy success for everyone. What happened to the days when steroids were cool? Sports were so much more fun to watch when everyone was in denial.

The accompanying list has 185 names linked to such drug use dating to 1962 and also 85 names since 1993. The guilty players are only listed for their use of drugs now classified by the league as performance-enhancing such as steroids, ephedra, and amphedimine. This does not coke heads, stoners or alcoholics. What a list that would be.

Here is the list of Vikings players noted in the investigation:

DE Ray Edwards (2007) suspended four games for violating league steroid policy. He said he didn't check the dietary supplement he was using.

*TE Byron Chamberlain (2003) suspended four games for ephedra positive. He said he misread a label on product he was using.

*OT Korey Stringer (2001) died of heatstroke. Team linked his death to use of ephedra. On the day he collapsed, a bottle of supplement containing ephedra was found in Stringer's locker.

OL Bob Sapp (1998) suspended four games after positive steroid test. He said his testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was high.

LB Artie Ulmer (1997) suspended for violating league steroid policy as a rookie. He admitted to taking substance before camp.

LB John Levelis (1990) tested positive for steroid at combine, drafted in the seventh round, according to The Sporting News.

WR Lance Rentzel (1964) used performance-enhancing drugs before joining the NFL, according to biography.

*Players marked with an asterisk went to the Pro Bowl at least once

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