Ricky Wiliams peels back the curtain on marijuana use during his playing days

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The world has changed dramatically in recent years when it comes to attitudes regarding marijuana. When running back Ricky Williams entered the NFL in 1999, viewpoints and laws were very different. But players still used marijuana then, as they do now, to manage pain.

Williams shared two stories with USA Today regarding marijuana use during his career.

“My rookie year, a Hall of Fame player on the team, he’s in the Hall of Fame now, invited me over to his house and he gave me the speech about how to take care of yourself in the NFL,” Williams said “And he pulled out some cannabis, crushed it up, split a blunt, opened it up, put the cannabis in there, took a Vicodin, crushed it up, sprinkled the Vico in there, rolled up the blunt and passed it to me. That was a vet, teaching me as a rookie, how to take care of myself in the NFL.”

The only Hall of Fame player on the 1999 Saints was tackle Willie Roaf.

Fast forward to 2011. That was Williams’s one and only season in Baltimore.

“My last year in the NFL, I was playing for the Ravens,” Williams said. “And one point we were in the playoffs and I was leaving the facility and there were guys coming in with a plate full of brownies. They [were] going to go watch film, so yeah. . . . And now, because it’s more legal, it’s to the point, why wouldn’t you [use it] if you’re in the NFL?”

The league no longer suspends players who aren’t already in the program for testing positive. And it’s easy to avoid testing positive because players know when the window opens on annual testing. After that, it’s essentially a non-issue, as long as some basic level of discretion is exercised.

Such as, you know, not talking quite as candidly about marijuana use as Williams currently is. At least not until after the player has retired.

19 responses to “Ricky Wiliams peels back the curtain on marijuana use during his playing days

  1. Stop the charade, let these guys partake in states where it’s legalized. Like every other tax payer.

  2. No reason to even test for it. It isn’t a performance enhancer. Use it to manage pain or use it to relax. Makes no difference to others but this country is full of people dictating what we should do.

  3. Don’t be getting high and selling out your boys, Richard. Rookie mistake!

  4. People are 🤡 if they are still terrified of a plant. Same people drink a bottle of Jack Daniels in front of their kids. Disgraceful the stupidity.

  5. Yes, they are using to it manage pain… (eye roll). I’m sure some of them are. And I’m sure all of them are claiming its for pain. Just like I’m sure everyone in America is using it for pain, oh, and glaucoma.

  6. It wasn’t that Ricky used marijuana, it was the fact that he abandoned his teams before training camp and showed no responsibility to his teammates, that’s the real issue.

  7. It’s time to be blunt about it- no pun intended. The stigma is tired and played out. It’s far more benign than alcohol. Has never made me ill, and has never left me with a hangover.

  8. As much abuse as NFL players bodies take on the regular, let em do what they need to do to ease the pain.

  9. The sad part of this is that Ricky Williams made enough money during his career to support himself the rest of his life despite the normal physical effects and pain of a playing career. Most of the NFL vets with these physical ailments have limited options to support themselves and their families, and may turn to illegal drugs and substances to ease the pain.

  10. Goodell and the NFL have been behind on this for 2+ decades on this matter, while hovering to cheat.

    Watson will get a smaller suspension than Josh Gordon, for example.

  11. there’s so many out there that would rather have marijuana than medical prescriptions. it really help your body healing better.

  12. The NFL’s anti-marijuana stance was always just kow-towing to / not irking Big Pharma & Big Alcohol, so as to keep them spending mega-bucks of advertising in NFL games.

  13. The NFL’s anti-marijuana stance was always just kow-towing to / not irking Big Pharma & Big Alcohol, so as to keep them spending mega-bucks of advertising in NFL games.
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    Bingo. And as more and more states legalized, ironically and conversely, the NFL softens it’s stance. As soon as dispensaries become conglomerates big enough to buy adspace, ole Goodwill will be smoke a blunt with snoop during the halftime show….

  14. Agree with the no reason to test, not performance enhancing.

    If the NFL had a union as strong as the NBA, testing would have stopped long ago. Kareem used it all the time for pain. Few years back, the entire (nearly) Portland Trailblazer team was busted with weed by cops. Not by the NBA. Before it was legal.

  15. Now that it’s legal almost everywhere, the league can back off on testing. For athletes to say it’s for pain relief though is a joke. Athletes are using it to get high. Claiming that it’s for pain relief was just the excuse. Now it’s legal and the excuse is no longer necessary. Stop using it!

  16. “But players still used marijuana then, as they do now, to manage pain.”
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    You are kidding right. Managing pain. Please.

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