Article by Cindy Boren, The Washington Post
Eben Britton, who spent six seasons in the NFL, claims that he often played his best games after smoking marijuana.
“NFL games I played stoned were some of the best games I ever played. Cannabis cements your surroundings,” Britton, who spent four years in Jacksonville an two in Chicago, told the New York Post. “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.”
Britton, who turns 29 next month, said he estimates “over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent” of NFL players smoke weed. The NFL tests for it, but less frequently than for performance-enhancing drugs. Britton was suspended by the NFL in 2015 and has not played in the league since.
Attitudes about marijuana are changing in the league, with a number of former players urging that its medicinal use be allowed as a safer alternative to painkillers. In May, Eugene Monroe, who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens in June, pledged $80,000 to further the study of marijuana use in professional football players in an effort to reduce reliance on addictive opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pains of playing in the league.
“There’s enough anecdotal evidence already to say, ‘Hey listen, we know it’s not toxic. We know it’s safer than what we’re already doing,’ ” he told The Post’s Adam Kilgore.