While reports of steroid use are ruining the reputation of iconic baseball players in the media (who hasn't used steroids?), it remains rare to hear of this in the NFL. The NFL and NFLPA combined to realize the danger the use of these substances posed to the intregrity of the game and instituted a strict policy to protect the game and its players. The serious nature of permanent harm to players physically and the competeitve nature of the game being altered by use of steroids was a wake up call to action. I am not so naive as to think there aren't players using performance enhancing drugs in the NFL, but the consequences are severe -- second offense and you are banned from the league. I think this keeps their use to minimum. I've heard rumors that sometimes players are tipped to when they'll be tested, but the long lasting effects are very hard now to mask. While designer drugs will always keep unscrupulous athletes trying to stay ahead of the testing program, keeping samples to test later acts as some deterent. Baseball let use get totally out of hand before responding to the public outcry. At least the NFL acted sooner to protect itself and its players.