Pro Leagues Battle 'Adderall Excuse'

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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.

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