Seahawks CB Richard Sherman says half the NFL uses Adderall



Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman isn’t shy about voicing his opinion. Recently at an event for the NFL’s Play 60 program, Sherman made the case for the the drug Adderall to be removed from the NFL’s banned substance list.

About half the league takes it (Adderall) and the league has to allow it,” Sherman said Tuesday. “The league made a mistake in my case. Obviously, I didn’t do anything, but you have to go through a process to prove you didn’t do anything. There are still naysayers out there who don’t believe me. But I accept it. If everybody loves you, it probably means you’re not much of a player.”

Adderall is prescribed for ADD or ADHD. I can see several athletes, not just NFL players, needing that medication. the NBA’s JaVale McGee recently announced that he suffered from the disorder but didn’t like to take his medicine. If the number is as high as Sherman maintains, it would seem some sort of study would be initiated on the competitive advantage of Adderall or viable options from the players who use it.

Sherman mentions that his plan “at some point” is to get into “marketing and broadcasting,” I think he’s already demonstrated that he absolutely has a flare for those areas.


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  • Dee for short

    Lol, Richard Sherman clearly is NOT the shy one. Interesting that he’s made this a topic. I remember knowing several athletes who abused it in college – as well as students, for that matter. Hehe. They were “diagnosed” as having ADD/ADHD, just so they could get Adderall and other accommodations, of course. It sucks, because there are athletes who genuinely have ADD/ADHD and can’t focus without the prescription. And then there are those who take it just to get over pre-game nerves and jitters. There’s definitely a noticeable difference in the mannerisms of an athlete who pops one before a game. This could make for a good post-draft/summer topic in player health IMO. 🙂