While Peyton Manning may have played his last game in the NFL last Sunday as he led the Broncos to a win over the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, he has one more obstacle before he cements his legacy and place in the Football Hall of Fame. The NFL has partnered with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to help them investigate allegations that Manning used human growth hormone (HGH) in 2011 after dealing with a neck injury. Manning welcomes the investigation, calling the allegation “completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage.” The USADA’s involvement adds a degree of legitimacy, but the NFL did not have very stringent testing for HGH in 2011—making it more difficult for Manning to prove his innocence.
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Chandler Howell is an Entertainment and Sports Highlight Contributor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and a current first year student at Harvard Law School (Class of 2018).