NFL great Calvin Johnson smoked up every Sunday after game day

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Johnson says marijuana was his preferred choice of medicine for pain

By Kieran Delamont

2019-09-25

Calvin Johnson left a lot of money on the table when he left the NFL three years ago.

Like an increasing number of football players, he could no longer justify the long-term danger he was putting himself in week after week. In an interview with Sports Illustrated Johnson also made an admission that will be sure to irk NFL brass: he was smoking up after every game. 

“When I got to the league, [there] was opioid abuse,” Johnson says. “You really could go in the training room and get what you wanted. I can get Vicodin, I can get Oxy[contin]. It was too available. I used Percocet and stuff like that. And I did not like the way that made me feel. I had my preferred choice of medicine. Cannabis.”

The NFL takes a pretty no-nonsense, no-fun policy towards weed. Remember Ricky Williams? His NFL career was ruined after some pot-smoking adventures. He pretty much never recovered after a suspension. We’re a long way from the 2000s, but the NFL’s view hasn’t really changed that much.

But with more players like Johnson speaking out, the NFL is taking a second look at its cannabis policy. 

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