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Young Athletes Warned of Drug Dangers
Date:6/24/2010

Church of Scientology Community Relations Specialist, NFL Alumni and educator Bob Adams speaks out for drug awareness and education.

Los Angeles (Vocus) June 26, 2010 -- Addressing a high school football team in south-central Los Angeles last Friday, NFL Alumni, educator and Church of Scientology Community Relations Specialist, Bob Adams asked the youth who among them knew someone who had been in serious trouble because of drugs, and found most of them had.

A former tight-end for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Adams related to the team, his own experience of nearly going blind from short term use of steroids while in college. During his senior year at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Adams was the captain of offense and knew he was being looked at by several NFL teams. On a tip from a scout who mentioned he could increase his chances of making it to the NFL by adding 20 pounds to his 6 foot 2 inch 210-pound frame, Adams remembered a teammate who had gained 40 pounds taking steroids the year before. He spoke to a trainer and within a few days, Adams had a prescription for steroids he hoped would cinch his chances of making it to the national league.

Within days Adams was experiencing more than weight-gain. “I started having migraine headaches and I didn’t attribute it to the steroids at first. Then I started having random periods of 10 to 15 minutes where I could hardly see,” said Adams. “I was terrified that I was going blind and my dreams of playing professional football were gone.”

Adams put his savvy in college biology to work and looked into the steroids he had been taking. He eventually disco
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