Drug Law

Best NFL Draft Class in Years 'Plagued by Marijuana Epidemic'

| by NORML

Gee, without the pot smoking, maybe Percy Harvin could have been Double Super NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year!

ORLANDO (Sports Illustrated) — There’s a widespread belief within the NFL that the 2010 draft represents one of the deepest and most promising pools of collegiate talent in years. But in addition to the vast potential of this year’s draft class, numerous NFL personnel evaluators told SI.com they are concerned about the increased number of prospects who have a history of marijuana use in their background, with players often acknowledging a failed drug test for pot in college in interviews with team executives.

According to one veteran club personnel man, 10 or 11 players who carry first-round draft grades on their board this year have been red-flagged for marijuana use in college, an estimate echoed by two clubs’ head coaches. Another NFL head coach estimated that “one-third” of the players on his club’s draft board had some sort of history with marijuana use and would thus require an extra level of evaluation as part of the pre-draft scouting process.

“Marijuana use is almost epidemic, with more guys having tested positive for marijuana at some point in their college background than I can ever remember,” said a longtime team personnel man. “It’s almost as if we are having to figure out a new way to evaluate it as part of the character and background report, because it’s so prevalent. There’re enough instances of it that it’s hard to know how to set your board. You can’t throw out that many guys. You have to go case-by-case and do your homework on them.”

“It’s a matter of figuring out which ones smoke, and which ones have to smoke, because they really [are addicted],” another head coach said. “It’s like the drinking issue. You want to know if a guy drinks, or if he has a drinking problem. You’re trying to find out and make that distinction with some guys.”

Gee, without the pot smoking, maybe Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes could have caught all the Super Bowl TD passes, not just the game-winning ones!

Gosh, you mean you might have to evaluate the worth of a player based on his character and athleticism, and not just by the non-toxic relaxant herbs he may choose to consume?  You might have to treat marijuana-using athletes the same way you treat alcohol-using athletes?

Why is it that the increased prevalence of marijuana use isn’t considered part of the reason for “deepest and most promising pools of collegiate talent”?  You know that if this class of college players really sucked and there were a lot of pot smokers in that group, the sports writers would be complaining that “dope” use has slowed down and dulled the senses of these players.

The evidence is clear that a player’s past use of pot doesn’t mean they can’t contribute greatly to their team’s success:

  • Three years ago, the winning Super Bowl TD pass was caught by the Giants’ Plaxico Burress – a pot smoker.
  • Two years ago, the winning Super Bowl TD pass was caught by the Steelers’ Santonio Holmes – a pot smoker.
  • Last year, the winning Super Bowl TD pass could have been caught by Vikings’ NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin – a pot smoker – if only the Vikings hadn’t been struck down by the Football Gods with a case of “live by the Favre, die by the Favre” in the NFC Championship.

Sure, Ricky Williams just had his fifth 1,000-yard rushing season, but without the pot smoking, he could have had his most-ever TDs, instead of just his 2nd-most ever.

Speaking of Brent, in the NFL you can admit to popping 13 Vicodin a night and you can be a raging alcoholic, but since those drugs are “legal”, you can still be “Totally Cool” on Sports Illustrated’s cover.  But get caught with some weed and you get a suspension and fines worth $300,000.

CelebStoner has been collecting the NFL All-Drug Bust Team for some time and you could just about fill a roster with the offensive and defensive players on the list.  Ricky Williams, Randy Moss, DeSean Jackson, Shaun Ellis, and many more players who are top players in the league have admitted to using or been caught using cannabis.

Is it any surprise that world-class athletes from sumo to martial arts, swimming to snowboarding, sprinting to mushing, football to rugby, and basketball to baseball, choose to use the “safest therapeutically-active substance known to man?”  People who train their bodies to the peak of perfection, who monitor their nutrition to the gram and calorie, and whose paychecks depend on being the fittest they can be know that cannabis is a safe way to relieve pain and inflammation and to decrease stress and anxiety.  They can’t afford the puking and hangovers that alcohol bring (Max McGee notwithstanding).  Why should we punish these professionals for smoking cannabis?