Former Arizona Wildcat offensive lineman Eben Britton played in 60 NFL games from 2009-14, starting 34 of those with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears. And according to him, he played three of those games while high on marijuana. A not-at-all-surprising number was thrown out by Britton that somewhere between 50 and 75% of NFL players smoke weed. But his explanation of playing high was interesting:
"NFL games I played stoned were some of the best games I ever played. Cannabis cements your surroundings. 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."
It was also a team-building experience:
"Right after practice, me and one to three other [players] would go to somebody’s house [to get high]," Britton recalls. "Smoking helped me to socialize with teammates. We let our guards down . . . But a lot of the time [stoned talk] wasn’t even about football. Cannabis took us out of football. We were hanging out and just being people. It brought us closer together as teammates."
Anyways, it’s a really good piece by the New York Post that you should go read.
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