Terry Bradshaw SteroidsTerry Bradshaw has recently clarified his comments on his use of steroids. On the Dan Patrick radio show last week, the Hall of Fame quarterback admitted use of legal steroids back in the 1970s. On Sunday, he drew a distinction between legal steroids and banned anabolic steroids.

“We did steroids to get away the aches and the speed of healing. My use of steroids from a doctor was to speed up [healing after] injury, and I thought nothing of it. . . . It was to speed up the healing process, that was it. It wasn’t to get bigger and stronger and faster.”

Bradshaw further explained that he was referring to therapeutical corticosteroid injections, which are used to reduce inflammation. He emphasized that they were not anabolic steroids that build muscle and sometimes cause extreme side effects.

“I’m not bodybuilding here,” Bradshaw said, laughing about the confusion that stemmed from the interview. “They were not those kind of steroids. They were anti-inflammatories.”

Bradshaw offered the clarification while appearing at a news conference to welcome Michael Strahan to the Fox NFL Sunday team.
Bradshaw suffered neck, wrist and elbow injuries during his career and quit the game for good after suffering an elbow injury near the end of the 1983 season.

Several Steelers players from the 1970s have admitted to using steroids, including the late Steve Courson, whom Bradshaw mentioned in the interview with the program’s host.

Anabolic steroids have legitimate medical uses. They are commonly used in hormone replacement therapy for men with low testosterone levels to improve libido. Other medical uses of anabolic steroids include growth and appetite stimulation, treatment for certain types of anemia, as well as gender dysmorphia.

Non-medical use of anabolic steroids is widespread in sports that require speed, power, and strength. Athletes, such as those in bodybuilding and weightlifting, use anabolic steroids because they enhance performance and physique.