After the completion of large sports competitions, doping scandals and disputes often begin. Those who have not received medals, try to get the truth in the courts and commissions, proving the use of doping by other athletes and challenging their victory.
Doping began to be used in Ancient times on horse races, miraculous remedies gave the horses a special quickness and brought scammers huge fortunes. Taking the magic potion, the warriors became fearless and enduring. Since the time of the founding of the Olympic Games, athletes have begun to use various herbs that reduce pain and lead to the appearance of hallucinations, it was a risk to health and even life, but it contributed to winning major prizes. Sadly, the situation has not been changed. Some athletes use steroids illegally; others receive a prescription from doctors for the use of legal steroids for phony reasons. In this article, we will tell you a short biography & steroid story of Peyton Manning (a former American football quarterback).
Biography of Peyton Manning
Peyton is not an ordinary name, at least in the 1990s it was so. According to the US Social Security Association, which began to track the popularity of names since 1960, the name of Peyton never got into the top 100 of Tennessee. But in 1994 the state’s flagship university welcomed a newcomer, a quarterback from New Orleans, named after his uncle, a Mississippi farmer, who grew cotton and soy, had cows and loved sports.
Entering the University of Tennessee, Peyton Manning attended a seminar for young quarterbacks, which was organized by the sports director Carmen Tegano. Everyone was instructed that in the course of the session one should take notes. At the end of the seminar, Tegano gathered students’ notebooks and checked recordings. Manning had 30 pages filled. A year later, Tennessee, guided by Peyton Manning’s hand, defeated the University of Alabama for the first time in ten years, and ten months later the hospitals of the South recorded the increasing popularity of Peyton name. “It was a real epidemic,” said Manning’s older brother, who, playing for the team at the University of Mississippi, was forced to leave football because of a serious back injury. From 1996 to 1998, a total of 68 Peytons were born only in the Medical Center of Tennessee. Compare this with the ten Peytons in the previous decade. By 1997, according to the statistics of Babynames portal, this name was on the 51st place among all newborns in the country. By 2009, this name reached its peak (42nd position in the top list).
The end of the career
In early 2016, Peyton Manning announced his retirement. “There’s just something about 18 years, 18 was a good number,” Manning said. He also said that he will miss American football.
The athlete expressed gratitude to the club, coaches, teammates, and his family. Manning spent 18 seasons in the NFL and set league records for the number of yards (71940) and touchdown passes (539). Manning is the only NFL player who received the MVP League title five times in the season. He is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion.
Accusations of steroid drugs use
In December 2017, Al Jazeera America published a report according to which several well-known athletes received illegal drugs from the pharmacist Charles Sly. This report indicated that Manning’s wife received a supply of somatotropin injections (HGH). The supply was made at a time when Peyton had problems with the neck health. In addition, the pharmacist allegedly informed another athlete that he was sending Peyton’s wife other drugs other than HGH. Peyton denied all these accusations.
What’s the truth?
In the summer of 2017, the NFL made a statement that it did not find evidence of the use of illegal drugs by Peyton Manning. The NFL reported that its specialists conducted a seven-month investigation to verify the research, which was published by Al Jazeera America. Manning collaborated with the NFL specialists and provided access to the necessary information.
Therefore, at the moment there is no official evidence that the athlete used steroids. Nevertheless, some experts consider Al Jazeera’s investigation to be reliable. They offer their own version of the athlete’s steroid cycle. According to their assumptions, Manning’s cycle included the following drugs:
- HGH. This is a synthetic version of human growth hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland. Somatotropin controls muscle tone, the strength of joints and bones, improves fat burning, helps to preserve the youthfulness of tissues and clarity of mind.
- Anavar. This anabolic drug is usually used by those who already have sufficient muscle mass and a slight accumulation of fat. It is designed for improving muscle definition and reducing the percentage of fat.
- Winstrol. This is an anabolic steroid, which is sold in both injection and tablet form. This drug increases the endurance of the body, increases strength, enhances appetite, promotes rapid recovery of muscle tissue, and fat burning.