Article by Jeff Eisenband, The Post Game
Ricky Williams has a reputation. He’s the NFL weed guy.
Williams shook the NFL landscape when he retired before the 2004 season rather than serving a four-game suspension after failing a second drug test for marijuana. The All-Pro running back returned to the NFL in 2005, and after another failed another drug test (not for marijuana), he was suspended for 2006. Williams’ third stint in the league was 2007 through 2011.
Now 39, Williams is still a marijuana proponent, but his outlook has evolved since his playing days. Williams, an analyst for ESPN and the Longhorn Network, is writing a series of columns for Marijuana.com, powered by Weedmaps.com. The first focused on how marijauana led to his retirement from football and the second addressed cannabis as a medicine for NFL players. The third, published Thursday, explored Williams’ connection to fellow NFL player-turned-marijuana advocate Eugene Monroe.
Williams, the 1998 Heisman winner, dropped into ThePostGame Podcast to discuss his role in the way marijuana has been gaining mainstream acceptance. But before listening, be aware that this conversation with Williams is not a glorification of marijuana. It is a comprehensive look the controversy surrounding cannabis as it relates to the NFL, for better or for worse. But Williams does share some amazing marijuana-related stories from his playing career.