I know that at least 90% of you are going to disagree with me but I feel that you have to respect a guy who is willing to potentially risk everything for his own betterment. What is cheating? Wanting to get as much of an advantage on your opponent as possible? I sure know that I want as much of an advantage on my opponent as possible, I am just afraid of the consequences of taking steroids… the dangerous effects on your body if you abuse them, the chance of getting caught and losing eligibility, the negative opinion people have of you, etc.
The guys that take that extra step of taking steroids are making a big decision, they are essentially saying “I want this enough to risk a lot”. I want to be good very badly also but I would not go to that extreme. It is the same thing as a stock broker putting a lot of their money on a certain fund based on an insider tip, it could end up paying off big time or it could end up backfiring even bigger. Who is willing to take that risk? Not me, but I do not think people who take these risks knowing the chance that they are taking should be ostracized by their community. I want a guy on my team that cares enough about the game and their own skills to do whatever it takes to improve them. Steroids are not a free pass to becoming better, you still need to bust your hump in the weight room and on practice field, but it gives you the opportunity to see some real changes in your game.
It may sound like I am advocating steroids, and to the younger readers I am truly not. There are many dangerous effects of steroids, in my opinion more than would ever make it a real option for me. All I am saying is that I have played with and against “juiced” players and believe me they were not always the best ones on the field, but I almost admire their drive to becoming one. How bad do you want to be better than the next guy? For me not enough to risk my body, my social life, and my health. For some desperate few, maybe it is worth the risk for them. I disagree with their choices, but respect where it is coming from.