How many NFL players do you think smoke weed? 15%? 40%? 65%?
Try 89%, according to Martellus Bennett in an interview on the Bleacher Report podcast, Simms & Leftkoe. While this is obviously a rough estimate, it does open your eyes to the fact that most NFL players smoke weed, as opposed to popping painkillers, to relieve themselves of the pain from playing such a physically demanding sport like football. Our man Steehnroller wrote an interesting piece about how football is in a vulnerable position in today’s society, especially with all of the research on CTE and the effects that this grueling game puts on the players mind and body. While players are aware of the negative effects of the game that they make a living to play, they have also found that the pills they have been guzzling down for years have become more detrimental than helpful. THAT is why NFL players have turned to weed.
How many players in the NFL smoke weed? Over/Under: 70%
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— Simms & Lefkoe (@SimmsAndLefkoe) April 11, 2018
Big business, NFL included, has tried to paint marijuana, and its users, in a negative light for YEARS. Even with the number of states legalizing marijuana, and a number of states not far behind, the NFL has yet to budge on its drug policy. Which makes the fact that such a large numbers of players already reaping the benefits of weed that much sweeter. Fuck you Roger! As long as players aren’t stupid in how they consume marijuana in terms of time and place, and when it is it their time to piss in a cup they are “clean”, then more power to you boys. While you don’t want your players smoking before practice or games, or going on L rides with their boys, the use of marijuana to help with recovery is a must for NFL players.
According to Mike James, who was recently signed by the Detroit Lions, on Barstool Radio, the drug testing process is laid out pretty cut and dry, so you just need to make sure you are “clean” from OTAs to Training Camp, and you should be good. However, if you are one who doesn’t plan accordingly and get popped for not following the NFL Drug Policy, your testing becomes way more scrutinized, almost making it impossible to get by using marijuana while on probation.
— Barstool Radio (@BarstoolRadio) April 13, 2018
These conversations beg the question, which NFL player would you most want to smoke a blunt with? My answer is pretty easy, and that is Gronk. All you need to do is say “69” to Gronk and he will giggle like a little school girl, and that is when he is sober (I think). I imagine Gronk is like that one friend who has the case of the giggles for the entire smoke sesh, laughing about anything and everything. On the other side of the spectrum, as Bennett joked on the pod about being stunned when he learned a player didn’t participate, jokingly saying “you don’t smoke bro?”, and my first guess on who would be a part of that 11% would be JJ Watt. There is no way a role model such as Watt would ever get involved with the devils lettuce and jeopardize his status as Mr. America.
To be honest, as long as these guys are still performing at a high level on the field, I encourage all players to smoke weed as a form of recovery versus abusing painkillers. If their preparation or play isn’t effected, and a player wants to go home and smoke a blunt because they feel like they got hit by a truck, then more power to them. While farfetched, I would love to see the NFL change it’s drug policy and put more of an onus on marijuana use and its positive effects, rather than shoving painkillers down the players throats. However, that is in a world where big business, and big pharma don’t control the world, and marijuana is seen as the anti-christ… and as long as Fuhrer Goodell is sitting behind the desk at 345 Park Ave, there won’t be any changes made to the drug policy. Luckily, that doesn’t seem to be stopping these players from smoking, so suck on that Roger!