We’ve wondered for years about the league’s decision to ban off-field marijuana use (on-field use would be interesting, to say the least) among its players. We asked former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now of NBC’s Football Night in America, to explain why the league is concerned about the issue.
“Well, number one, Mike, it’s against the law,” Dungy said. “So, if you are found with marijuana in your possession, you’re going to have some legal consequences. So if I’m a coach, I want to be careful about drafting guys who I know are going to have marijuana in their possession.”
Dungy also explained that marijuana can lead to other types of drugs.
The broader point is that teams need the information, and that they then can factor it into the decision regarding whether to draft or sign a player who uses marijuana. “It is just another indicator,” Dungy said. “It’s not the be-all, end-all.”
Our entire visit with Dungy, who talked at length about the Scouting Combine and about safety Bob Sanders, the Hall of Fame process, and Mike Vick’s decision not to go on The Oprah Winfrey Show, can be seen at the PFT Live home page.