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:
Got a text from player at OTAs: “Just gave sample for drug tester. I asked why he had to watch me. He said ‘blame the Whizzinator.”
— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 27, 2014
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.