Sam Hurd smoked pot every day, shared with 20-25 teammates

AP

The NFL tests players for marijuana, but if the imprisoned former receiver Sam Hurd is to be believed, those tests are very easy to beat.

Hurd told Michael McKnight of TheMMQB.com that during his years as an NFL player he smoked pot “all day, every day, and I didn’t want to hear anyone trying to tell me I had a problem.”

Hurd’s six-year NFL career came to an abrupt end one day in 2011 when he went from Bears practice to a Chicago restaurant to meet with two people he thought were Mexican drug dealers but were actually undercover FBI agents. During that meeting, Hurd agreed to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy large quantities of cocaine that he said he would have no trouble distributing.

And in his interview with TheMMQB.com, Hurd also said he had no trouble distributing marijuana in the NFL, saying that during the five years he spent with the Cowboys, he became a marijuana connoisseur and passed along the good stuff to about 20 or 25 teammates.

“Whatever was considered the loudest weed in California—I wanted a notch above that,” Hurd said. “I had educated myself on different strains and potencies and growing techniques. I was very selective. It was like wine.”

So how did Hurd and all those teammates avoid being suspended under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy? According to Hurd, players know approximately what time of year they’ll get tested and just stop using when the test is coming up, then use again the rest of the year once they’ve provided their annual urine sample.

Basically, the NFL’s marijuana tests catch only players who aren’t smart enough to figure out the drug-testing system, or players who have such problems that they simply can’t stop for long enough to let drugs clear their systems once a year.

As for Hurd, he’s in a federal detention center awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic narcotics. He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

95 responses to “Sam Hurd smoked pot every day, shared with 20-25 teammates

  1. Legalize it already. This guy is a textbook example of why. Makes a good living as an NFL player, but can make an even better living as a drug runner. You can’t win the War on Drugs, time to give it up.

  2. I don’t understand why the NFL has to ban this stuff when it’s shown it has medical uses and is actually legal in several states.
    I mean if you’re holding distributive quantities that’s one thing but small amounts for personal use should not equal the designation of being a criminal.
    Gotta support that prison industrial complex.

  3. That’s a good thing to brag about before your sentencing, Mr. Hurd. You sound about as bright as Brandon Marshall after getting swept by the Lions this year.

    That being said, why does the NFL test for performance dehancing drugs?

    Free the weed.

  4. I have no problem with weed other than the fact it’s asinine that it’s still “illegal”, that being said ol’ Sam should probably shut his trap until he’s been sentenced for his other crimes.

  5. Sam Hurd is an idiot for trying to be Scarface while holding a profession most young guys dream to have. With that being said, it foolish to think that a very high percentage of college and pro athletes don’t smoke marijuana during the season and even more during the offseason. I have seen it first hand. It’s just the reality of it.

  6. I had forgotten entirely about Hurd and his arrest. Now that I have been reminded about it I still am confused about how someone making bank would think it to be a good idea to risk life in prison by moving large amounts of coke. What an idiot… but even this idiot was smart enough to circumvent NFL testing procedures. What does that say about clowns like Justin Blackmon, Lavon Brazill, Josh Gordon etc?… (PS, what is it with WR’s and weed? Damn!)

  7. Pull a Ricky and just quit football if you want to smoke it’s that simple otherwise give it up for the brief few seasons that it does last. People who get busted are simply morons

  8. jetsclaps says:
    Nov 12, 2013 12:43 PM
    Stupid to suspend players for smoking weed anyway
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    It’s illegal in most states.

  9. Have zero desire to smoke weed but anyone with common sense knows it should be legal. Smoke all the weed you want, just don’t get behind the wheel when you’re done.

  10. I’m curious as to how many people think this guy should be put away for life? How much is $10,000 worth of cocaine? Not exactly a cargo ship full. Some prison time yea, but keep in mind that the tax payer will be on the hook for his food, board, and medical care for the rest of his life. Also keep in mind how many murderers, rapists, and pedophiles, do a few years and then get let out on parole. Our justice system is a joke.

  11. Well if believed we now know why the Cowboys are continually average. And Jerry must smoke too for his average drafts.

  12. I think anyone who understands how drug testing works knows that people in the NFL are smoking marijuana and not getting caught. An athlete who has a low body fat percentage only needs about 7-10 days of not smoking to pass the test. Football players who have never tested positive only get tested twice a year, do the math and it’s pretty obvious they will miss some people.

    Personally I don’t really care if NFL players smoke pot. I know investment bankers and microbiologists who smoke daily with no tangible effect to their work output or their earning power. I’d be more worried to learn that my favorite player was an alcoholic had to find out he is a pothead.

  13. I think since the liberals are pushing for a name change in Wasington, it should reflect that of the current nflers. Clearly they aren’t warriors, or fierce animals anymore. I say Washington Munchies, Washington Snoop Doggy Doggs, or Washington Duuudes.

  14. Good bud is most comparable to fine wine. There are so many strains and different tastes and highs they produce which makes it easy to become a connoisseur.

    Don’t know why he is messing with Mexican pushers and cocaine. They can’t get the kind of green he is talking about that’s a notch above California’s finest scientifically superior medical strains. And cocaine is a life ruining personality changing demon that smart potheads never mess with. He deserves whatever charges he receives for pushing the blow.

    Just legalize pot

  15. hyzers says: That being said, why does the NFL test for performance dehancing drugs?

    Maybe because the players are getting paid millions of dollars to perform at a world class level, not a stoner level. Of course, when it’s not your money that’s being spent, it’s easy to take a laissez-faire attitude.

  16. ivanpavlov0000 says:

    Jailing him for this seems like a waste of taxpayer resources.
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    If it was just weed I would heartily agree with you. Cocaine is an entirely different beast and I’ve seen many people destroyed by it.

  17. imjinrat says: I’m curious as to how many people think this guy should be put away for life?

    A life sentence would be completely insane. He’s facing 10 years to life, and even 10 years is too much. Plus it was entrapment, which my instincts say should be illegal.

  18. Now it makes sense. No wonder he had to start dealing, he was sharing with 20-25 people, dude was going broke.

  19. cocheese000 says: Nov 12, 2013 12:48 PM

    I believe him about the drug tests. People with low body fat can get pot out of their system very fast.

    When I was young it would get out of my system very fast, now if I still smoked it would take forever 🙂

  20. Regardless of your position on the legality of weed, the fact remains that it is still illegal and against league rules. That said, the NFL’s drug testing policy is a joke. If you’re only testing once a year, then players know how to prepare. Test throughout the year and randomly just like the Olympics does. Either do it right or not at all.

  21. He is in prison because he was trying to buy cocaine from undercover FBI agents that he thought were drug lords…all between practices or something, not because he was smoking weed. Still not a fan of legalization since I don’t want those people passing me on the roads or applying to work with my company-especially with the equipment. It doesn’t look like Hurd is making any smarter choices by using it.

  22. The government is missing out on a fortune they could make on taxing weed.Yet they still,stand behind this “Just say no” policy.All the while senators are drinking booze by the caseload

  23. bucrightoff says:
    Nov 12, 2013 12:38 PM
    Legalize it already. This guy is a textbook example of why. Makes a good living as an NFL player, but can make an even better living as a drug runner. You can’t win the War on Drugs, time to give it up.

    ……………………….
    Yes they should legalize mairjuania. But Sam Hurd was also selling cocaine, which as a dealer was going to make him 10 times more money. Dont feel so sorry for him. Pot was just a hobby.

  24. Honestly just legalize it people everywhere use it anyway might as well make some money off of it instead of giving money to drug lords and shady characters. Hurd is an idiot but the government is just as stupid for keeping up this War on Pot.

  25. Maybe because the players are getting paid millions of dollars to perform at a world class level, not a stoner level. Of course, when it’s not your money that’s being spent, it’s easy to take a laissez-faire attitude.
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    If they aren’t performing at a world class level, they won’t get paid like they are. If pot is affecting someone, it will be reflected in their salary.

    Next.

  26. did any of you idiots calling hurd a snitch or advocating a life sentence actually read the mmqb story? he is the only guy who didn’t snitch – and all he wants is to be prosecuted for the crimes he committed, which doesn’t justify life or anywhere close to that

  27. It’s legal in Colorado,look what it’s doing for the Broncos. They are as focused as a guy on the ground fixing a squeaky wheel on a cart at the Wal-Mart!

  28. For the NFL to think that players don’t have ways around their drug testing policies is as naieve as Goodhell thinking he is making a positive influence in the NFL. Meanwhile making himself a rich man!

  29. for all u ppl saying he snitched out his friends I would like u to tell me who they were that he snitched on…. anyone have an answer anyone. didn’t think so that’s because he didn’t . he said he shared with 20-25 teammates no names were mentioned.

  30. This guy is a real moron. But he’s right about the drug testing. I’ve been this saying this forever. Drug testing is nothing more than an IQ test. Then there are masking kits that can work, depending on the type of drug test and quality of the kit. If you get caught, you’re stupid. That’s all there is to it.

  31. godfatherd says:
    Nov 12, 2013 12:51 PM
    I think anyone who understands how drug testing works knows that people in the NFL are smoking marijuana and not getting caught. An athlete who has a low body fat percentage only needs about 7-10 days of not smoking to pass the test. Football players who have never tested positive only get tested twice a year, do the math and it’s pretty obvious they will miss some people.

    Personally I don’t really care if NFL players smoke pot. I know investment bankers and microbiologists who smoke daily with no tangible effect to their work output or their earning power. I’d be more worried to learn that my favorite player was an alcoholic had to find out he is a pothead.
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    AMEN!!!!!

    Alchohol kills and destroys many more lives than pot EVER will!!!!

    LEGALIZE and REGULATE it and save the tax payers BILLIONS!!!

    Wake up Washington its 2013 not 1950!!!

  32. All the potheads I’ve known were really slow-witted during the time they were on the stuff. I don’t care if it’s legal or not, just don’t let it affect your play on the field. My question is, how many players are high when they are playing?

  33. To those asking why he did it, remember people the NFL stands for “Not For Long” where contracts can be voided whenever. Its not like Sam was getting Megatron or even top 20 WR money in Dallas or Chicago. It was also reported Sam was making his exact NFL salary (as a Bear) in weed & coke sales. He got greedy trying 2 expand & got caught. Now I don’t condone what he did, but I understand the motivation 2 pull in that much cash without Uncle Sam getting you & putting your body/long term health on the line weekly.

  34. I have known computer programmers, a cousin of mine who has a MD and a Phd, who are pot aficionados. No reason NFL players shouldn’t be able to indulge to take the edge off of the bumps and bruises.

  35. It was quite obvious that “smoking” weed wasn’t the issue, rather him graduating to being a coke dealer wannabe that got him in trouble with the law and put him in jail.

  36. Hurd’s explanation of players stopping to use just before testing is absurd. It takes several months for THC (the chemical compound in cannabis) to leave the system. If it was coke, yes, 48 hours is enough time for testing not to detect it. Marijuana can even be detected six months after ingested.

  37. As the old saying goes- the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. Well at least if they stop using before test-time, they’re obviously not addicted?! No wonder they’re so huge- they’ve been having some major munchies issues.

  38. Drugs are for losers. The worst people I know are potheads. How else do you abuse your wife, neglect your kids, and still still have peace? My wife’s first husband was a pothead. One of the worst people I’ve ever known. More than that, he once had an IQ high enough to join MENSA and he had a photographic memory. He should be a CPA making $120K but he has the maturity of a 14 year old. Never made more than $20,000 in any year of his whole wasted life.

  39. Smoking marijuana stunts your emotional maturity at whatever age you started smoking it. Which is why my wife’s first husband literally has the maturity of a 14 year old.

  40. steelstuff –

    Nope. Not necessarily. It’s really different for everyone but I know of people testing negative in as few as 13 days. Simply because there have been instances of detection 6 months later does not mean that all tests will detect marijuana 6 months later for every person.

    Thanks for playing.

  41. bucrightoff says: Legalize it already…….Hurd makes more money and it will get legalized anyway.

    Does anyone really have any more questions why our society is in a downward spiral? All you have to do is look at THAT comment.

  42. nyyjetsknicks says:
    Nov 12, 2013 12:49 PM
    Have zero desire to smoke weed but anyone with common sense knows it should be legal. Smoke all the weed you want, just don’t get behind the wheel when you’re done.
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    Why not? I’ve smoked for 27 years and I drive every single day…high as a kite. Delivered UPS packages for 5 years…high as a kite, no accidents.

    In fact, I perform most activities…high as a kite. Helps me stay focused, keeps the stress low and I deal with stupid people in a much nicer and reasonable manner.

    Next argument.

  43. Hmmmm.. what a decision these players are left with. Make millions of dollars playing a game. Or, smoke weed every day and to hell with the testing.

    I’m not saying I care if people smoke weed. I don’t think weed should be illegal. The thing is this. It is not legal in most places and is on the NFL list of banned substances.

    If weed were made legal, employers could still demand workers not use it or they lose their jobs. You can’t show up to work drunk, why is it alright to show up stoned?

  44. This isn’t a secret. Both Robert Smith and Randy Moss have both said as much in the past. The players who do get caught on a “random” drug test are truly unable to control themselves. The NFL needs to follow the NBA’s lead on this and just get it out of their testing criteria because this kind of low level recreational drug use is all too common in their social circles of rappers, other athletes like NBA players, actors, etc.

    If anything, they should be more inclined to allow this their players if they did care about them since people who use marijuana say it does help with aches and pains, which they certainly would be experiencing more than their other entertainment peer groups.

  45. funny one drink and i am.fine one hit..and that.is.a different story…i have a feeling that some people on this post are.addicted to the chronic..how is that working out for you?

  46. All these athletes are not smoking weed by chance. It’s a all natural PED. Helps with pain from the game. Works great for pain without side effects. LOUD PACKS LOL

  47. dryzzt23 says: Nov 12, 2013 1:41 PM

    Pot = overrated…and its illegal…and it’s the LAW!

    Only losers smoke pot or take illegal drugs.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yes, cool people get hammered because booze is legal.

    And after all, if it’s legal, it has to be OK; right?

  48. It’s just Pot.

    You can’t enjoy a relatively harmless plant in this “free” nation of ours?

    No different than a hybrid of Alcohol & Tobacco. The intoxication effect akin to Alcohol in the form of Tobacco, why not craft the laws governing it just as it is which is somewhere between the two.

    Legalization (or at least Decriminalization) is on the way folks… deal with it.

  49. I don’t buy this. He’s exaggerating. He’s trying to come across as gangsta so he doesn’t become anyone’s girlfriend when he gets that life sentence.

  50. shlort says: Nov 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    Hmmmm.. what a decision these players are left with. Make millions of dollars playing a game. Or, smoke weed every day and to hell with the testing.

    I’m not saying I care if people smoke weed. I don’t think weed should be illegal. The thing is this. It is not legal in most places and is on the NFL list of banned substances.

    If weed were made legal, employers could still demand workers not use it or they lose their jobs. You can’t show up to work drunk, why is it alright to show up stoned?
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    You’d have to ask Aldon.

  51. Less dangerous than alcohol. Legalize and tax it and stop kidding ourselves. If he didnt bother with cocaine… which actually kills people, hed probably still be a free man.

  52. You’re in jail for drugs. Yeah, you don’t have a problem. You’re right where you belong, Mr Tur…Hurd. BTW, how’s Nate Newton?

  53. Lets see…players throughout The NFL know about when they are going to be tested, so they have, according to Hurd, a “fool proof” way of beating the chance of detection. Man, now THAT is a TRULY sophisticated and higher-level, critical-thinking scheme! Now, if only the brain trust of The NFL owners, along with The Commish put their heads together and over a period of years in conjunction with M.I.T. and Stanford scientists and sociologists come up with SOME way to foil such a tricky scheme… NAH, forget it. There is NO hope to beat the players when they resort to something THIS complicated.

  54. legislate and regulate? lol. who grows it? who gets paid? Illegal drugs are just that and no state in the US is going to legalize Pablo Escobar’s favorite cigarrette. The NFL should make it one failed test and you are banned for life. Look at the real face of drugs and the violence attached. Talk to someone whose family was killed in an auto accident because the other driver was hopped up on the chronic behind the wheel. Pot is a gateway drug, start smoking it and then when you have a tolerance for it, on come the stronger drugs cause pot doesnt get it for ya. So please stop trying to glamorize drug use.

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