MIAMI BEACH — All-American linebacker Brian Bosworth, banned from playing in the Orange Bowl because a drug test showed he took steroids, said Friday that he deserves a right "to give my body the ultimate challenge and be as healthy as I can be."
The Oklahoma star, holding a news conference in Miami to make his first comments since his banishment from the bowl was publicly announced Thursday, said the steroids were prescribed by a doctor to help his rehabilitation.
"After the 1985 season, both of my shoulders were hurting so much that I couldn't lift weights to build my body back up," Bosworth said. "I deserve my right to give my body the ultimate challenge and be as healthy as I can be.
"I didn't have the knowledge that steroids would stay in my system that long. That's my fault."
Bosworth, an outspoken player with a punk haircut who has publicly crusaded against drug use, and two other Oklahoma Sooner football players were barred from playing in the New Year's Day bowl game because traces of anabolic steroids were found in their systems after a drug test required by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn.