On "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton declared that the NFL was covering up the biggest sports scandal of all time.

“Here is the biggest cover-up of all,” Tarkenton warned. “They talk about safety in the National Football League. How can you have safety in the National Football League when you have performance-enhancing drugs?”

Tarkenton insisted performance enhancing drugs were “all over” college and professional football, which made the game more dangerous.

“It makes these guys bigger, stronger, faster, and also makes the collisions more violent,” he warned. “My generation are suffering from dementia and from head injuries and all kinds of brain damage, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This generation of player, when they get to be 50 years old, it's going to be devastating.”

Tarkenton lamented the current status of the league — suggesting that the arrest of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was a sign that team owners no longer cared about an athlete’s character when drafting players.

“If you’re big enough, strong enough, mean enough, and can hurt people, you’re going to play in college football and professional football and they’re going to look the other way,” he said.