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Saints Coach Says He Used Steroids

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 25, 2005; Page D12

New Orleans Saints Coach Jim Haslett said at the annual NFL owners' meetings this week in Hawaii that he used steroids as an NFL player.

Haslett, a linebacker, was a second-round draft pick by Buffalo in 1979 and played eight seasons for the Bills and one season for the New York Jets. He was named an all-pro in 1981. He said he tried steroids briefly in one offseason after being drafted by the Bills, and estimated that half of the league's players, including virtually all linemen, used steroids in the 1980s before they were banned by the league.

Jim Haslett
Jim Haslett
Saints Coach Jim Haslett says that he used steroids as an NFL player. (Miles Kennedy - AP)

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"Everybody wanted an advantage, so you tried it," Haslett said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I tried it. I mean, I tried it, everybody tried it."

Haslett's comments, made during a media session Wednesday in Maui, also appeared in the Los Angeles Times. He issued an apology late yesterday for his comments about the Steelers.

"If you didn't [take steroids] you weren't as strong as everybody else [and] you weren't as fast as everybody else," he said. "That's the only reason to do it. Everybody's looking for a competitive edge."

Haslett said he quit because of the side effects of taking steroids. Haslett said the use of steroids was popularized by Pittsburgh Steelers players in the late 1970s and early '80s. Steelers owner Dan Rooney denied that to the Post-Gazette, saying that former coach Chuck Noll advised his players against using steroids.

Clarett to Work Out

Agent Steve Feldman told the Associated Press that former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett will work out for NFL scouts Thursday at his former high school in Warren, Ohio.

Ohio State did not permit Clarett to participate in its pro-day workouts for scouts. Clarett's draft stock plummeted with an unimpressive workout at the NFL scouting combine last month in Indianapolis. He is eligible for this year's draft after suing the league in an unsuccessful attempt to get into last year's draft, and he hasn't played in two seasons since helping Ohio State to a national championship as a freshman.

It seems unlikely at this point that Clarett will be selected until the late rounds of the draft, if at all, unless he has an impressive showing next week at Warren G. Harding High. . . .

The 20 votes in favor of a proposal to make plays involving fumbles and "down by contact" rulings by game officials reviewable by instant replay weren't enough for the measure to be ratified at the owners' meetings this week, since 24 teams must approve a rule change for it to be enacted. But they were enough to leave supporters of the proposal hopeful that it will be implemented in the next few years. . . .

The Carolina Panthers reportedly extended the contract of General Manager Marty Hurney through the 2009 season. . . . The Indianapolis Colts reportedly plan to extend the contract of Coach Tony Dungy before training camp. Dungy's current deal has two seasons remaining. . . . The Detroit Lions re-signed free agent defensive tackle Marcus Bell to a three-year, $3.6 million contract. . . . The Saints seemingly remain interested in trading defensive end Darren Howard, their franchise player. Oakland may have joined Dallas in pursuit of Howard.

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