Romanowski Admits to Using Steroids Supplied by Conte

Friday, October 14, 2005

Bill Romanowski used steroids and human growth hormone supplied by Victor Conte , the former NFL linebacker tells CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

Romanowski, who retired in 2003, said he took illegal steroids for a two-year period starting in 2001 and got them from Conte, the former head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which has been at the center of a steroids controversy in several sports.

"I took [human growth hormone] for a brief period and . . . I definitely didn't receive what I got out of THG," Romanowski said, referring to another drug he got from Conte.

In November 2003, the NFL notified Romanowski that he tested positive for the steroid THG.

Romanowski played linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders in a 16-year career. Last May, he agreed to pay former Raiders teammate Marcus Williams $415,000 in damages for a hit to the face during a practice drill in 2003. Williams's career ended after his eye socket was broken. Romanowski played for the Raiders during their 2002 Super Bowl season.

-- From News Services

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