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Joshua H. Whitman, JD Biography

Former National Football League (NFL) Player
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Like a raindrop in a reflecting pool, a professional athlete’s choice to take PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs] creates, by virtue of the athlete’s visibility, waves that exceed the impact of the drugs on his individual career. Compounding the problem is not only its nature but its scope: far from just a single drop in this reflecting pool of American society, drugs in sports are a veritable rainstorm. This deluge threatens not only our nation’s children, but many of the ideals this country holds dear: integrity, hard work, and the valorous pursuit of victory…

Faced with the overwhelming incentives present in modern sports—whether tangible like money or intangible like the competitor’s inner drive—it is both unrealistic and arguably unfair to ask the athletes to protect themselves from the innate parts of their own character that we cheer so heartily while they are within the competitive arena.
Thus, this note proposes that Congress should remove the onus of developing drug-testing provisions from the individual parties and should itself create drug management strategies aimed at reducing PED use in American professional sports to a socially desirable level.”

“Winning at All Costs: Using Law and Economics to Determine the Proper Role of Government in Regulating the Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Professional Sports,” University of Illinois Law Review, Jan. 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clerk, Judge Michael S. Kanne, Federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Editor, Notes and Comments, University of Illinois Law Review, 2007-2008
  • Recipient, Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement and Excellence in Legal Writing, Rickert Award Program, College of Law, University of Illinois
  • Recipient, Best Note Award, University of Illinois Law Review, 2006-2007
  • Intern, Foley & Lardner LLP, 2006
  • National Foothill League (NFL) Tight End, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, 2001-2004
  • Starting Tight End, Fighting Illini, University of Illinois, 1997-2001
  • Class of National College Scholar-Athletes, National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, 2000
  • Recipient, Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, 2000
  • Former First Team Academic All-American
  • Former Academic All-Big Ten
  • Recipient, Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Academic All-America, 1999
  • Former Member, Director’s Athletic Board and the Student Athlete Advisory Board, University of Illinois
  • Recipient, Bowl Academic Award
  • JD, College of Law, University of Illinois, 2008
  • BS, Finance, College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Illinois, 2001
  • William Henry Harrison High School, West Lafayette, IN, 1997
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