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Former NFL offensive lineman Eben Britton, who spent six years playing in the league, recently admitted to the New York Post's Michael Kaplan that, in addition to frequently smoking pot as an active player, he also did so before several games, too.
Here's what Britton said, via The Post:
“NFL games I played stoned were some of the best games I ever played. Cannabis cements your surroundings,” he says. “A lot of people say they’re useless when they smoke weed. But hell, I played NFL games [while stoned], dude. My performances were solid and I felt really good after.”
The lineman said that he turned to pot to help cope with “psychological distress or sciatica or pain in my shoulders," which is one of the hot topic issues that the NFL continues to debate, as both current and active players suggest that weed helps with distress from head injuries, among other things, and science continues to backup those claims with supporting evidence.
In fact, when Britton was asked about how many active players currently smoke pot, he said this:
Britton estimates “it’s over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent.” A sports agent who asked to remain anonymous says, “The number is rumored to be as high as 80 percent.”
And when Eben Britton wasn't toking up prior to a few games, he said he and teammates would do so after practice together.
“Right after practice, me and one to three other [players] would go to somebody’s house [to get high],” Britton recalls. “Smoking helped me to socialize with teammates. We let our guards down . . . But a lot of the time [stoned talk] wasn’t even about football. Cannabis took us out of football. We were hanging out and just being people. It brought us closer together as teammates.”
The entire New York Post piece is an interesting read, as it details the aforementioned support that players are showing to get marijuana into the locker room as a way to heal the wounds from hours of pounding bodies.
With several states already legalizing marijuana, the general stance on the drug is beginning to become more casual, so it will be interesting to see if more current or retired players talk about their pot usage.
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