May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Shadow of the Whizzinator Still Looms Large


With OTAs starting up around the league, players are getting re-familiarized with a particularly unpleasant aspect of being a professional athlete: the supervised drug test.

It’s not enough to have to suffer the indignity of peeing in a cup, players have to do it while being watched. One player texted this little anecdote to Albert Breer about the whole supervised drug testing experience:

Yes, Onterrio Smith and his Whizzinator are still casting a long shadow over the NFL. Phrasing!

I’m certain that’s not the legacy Smith expected to leave behind when he was a brash young player proclaiming himself the steal of the draft.

He was thinking more along the lines of rushing for a ton of yards, scoring a ton of touchdowns, breaking some records. He wasn’t thinking he’d mostly be remembered as the guy who tried to beat a drug test with a plastic dong.

But hey, look on the bright side: it’s better to leave behind a questionable legacy than no legacy at all. Right?

Every time a player has to pee in a cup while another man watches, he can thank Onterrio Smith. That’s some way to be remembered.

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  • Timothy Solum

    It happens in the military all the time (especially the Marines). There had to be a man standing right there to make sure the sample wasn’t getting scooped out from the toilet or some other ways that a person could tamper with it.