Deer antler spray has come into focus in the past year and even more so during the Super Bowl week with allegations Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used the product to expedite his return from a torn triceps muscle.
That’s nothing new. Players have been looking for an edge for decades and Tony Casillas, a defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990’s, says players used ointment produced for horses when he was playing.
During a visit on the “Elf and Slater Show” on KRLD-FM in Dallas, Casillas talked about what “we used” when he was a member of the Cowboys.
“When I heard about deer antler spray, I said that’s nothing,” Casillas said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We used to use this stuff called DMSO. That’s what veterinarians put on horses’ muscles and we used it in the locker room. We had a bottle and you’d take it. It goes right to the blood stream. I’m not sure about this deer antler stuff, but it was prevalent in our locker room.
“It’s called DMSO. You get it from the veterinarian. It’s an ointment that’s like anti-inflammatory. You put it on your skin and you put it on a muscle, and I guarantee you, in about 30 minutes you’d feel great. If you’re going to talk about the deer antler stuff, we used DMSO and people knew it. Everyone knew about it.”
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