PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett admitted taking steroids for a short time as a player with the Buffalo Bills, according to published reports.
Haslett made the revelation to reporters in Hawaii during the NFL owner meetings.
"I didn't think it (steroids) was very good for you," Haslett told the Los Angeles Times. "I was hyper all the time. Got bloated, a fat face. But if you didn't (take steroids), you weren't as strong as everybody else, you weren't as fast as everybody else.
"That's the only reason to do it. Everybody's looking for a competitive edge."
A former Pro Bowl linebacker, Haslett played for the Bills from 1979-85. The NFL began to suspend players for steroid use in 1989 and introduced random testing a year later.
First-time offenders are suspended for four games. A total of 44 players have been banned since the policy was instituted. No one has tested positive more than once.
Haslett said that "all the offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers" were steroid users during his playing career and specifically pointed his finger at the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won four Super Bowl titles in six years in the 1970s.
"It started, really, in Pittsburgh," Haslett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They got an advantage on a lot of football teams. They were so much stronger (in the) '70s, late '70s, early '80s. They're the ones who kind of started it."