Colts LB Darius Leonard isn’t happy with the NFL right now.
There’s no denying Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard is one of the best players in the National Football League. However, when you’re dramatically out-performing your peers, the NFL takes notice, as we’ve seen countless times in the past when they “randomly” target certain players for performance-enhancing drug tests.
Well, that’s exactly what happened with Leonard, who was given three such tests in one month. That’s not so random, is it?
The 2018 All-Pro and 2019 Pro Bowler took it upon himself to blast the NFL for it publicly via Twitter. And he even tagged them in his tweet!
Leonard is in fact a freak of nature, but Roger Goodell and Co. seem to be taking things a little bit too far here. We’re entering the 2020 season amid a global pandemic, shouldn’t you be sending over more COVID-19 tests than PED tests? Also, why opt to test him now instead of doing so in 2018 when he was an All-Pro his rookie season? A few years too late, guys!
But in all seriousness, Leonard’s MO is succeeding off of doubters, drive and motivation. He was a high selection in the draft (second round in ’18), but was a largely overlooked talent coming out of South Carolina State.
Since then, he’s used that criticism as fuel, as well as the fact that he was a snub from the 2018 Pro Bowl even though he was a First-Team All-Pro selection.
A big year is coming from the Colts star and it’ll be filled with PED-less leadership, tackles, interceptions and trash talk. The man runs off pure adrenaline and love of the game, so it’s clear the NFL isn’t too familiar with one of its top up-and-coming players.
Perhaps they should get to know him better because Leonard is going to be around and crushing opposing offenses for a very long time.