In 2009, a 23-year-old New Orleans Saints placekicker was desperate to take something that would keep him awake for a long night drive from Dallas to New Orleans.
He took a half-pill of Adderall, and washed it down with a Red Bull. He made it to New Orleans just fine — kind of wired, he recalled.
A few days later, he was drug-tested by the NFL, and the result was positive. The NFL did not reveal the substance, barred by its collective bargaining agreement from doing so.
But Garrett Hartley went public: the positive test was because of the Adderall.
His case was basically Ground Zero in what has become an avalanche of Adderall news in the NFL.