Brendon Ayanbadejo has sensationally revealed in a podcast for Fox Sports that some of his former teammates smoked pot ahead of one of his two Super Bowl appearances, reports ESPN.
The former Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker did not reveal the identity of the players in question, or even which team was using the recreational drug.
"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was," said Ayanbadejo. "But I just remember getting off the elevator one night - it was early on in the [Super Bowl] week - and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on.
"I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room."
Ayanbadejo did not play in the NFL this season, but featured for the Bears in Super Bowl XLI after the 2006 season, and the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII last year.
Still, the 37-year-old expressed his surprise that professional players would use marijuana - which remains on the NFL's banned substance list - so openly, and so close to the end-of-season game.
"I was like, 'Man, this is the week of the Super Bowl and you're just going in?'" he continued. "So then I was looking around, and I'm like, 'OK, where is the security?'
"I looked, and for some reason we didn't have regular police. Coach was smart enough to have rent-a-cops on our floor instead of regular police like we usually do."
Marijuana has been the topic of much discussion this week in the lead up to Super Bowl XLVIII, as this year's showpiece event features two teams - Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks - from states that have recently legalized the drug for recreational use.