In partnership with the NFL in the UK


Jerome Bettis: "75-80% of NFL players smoke marijuana"

Published Add your comment

Football News

Marijuana usage in the NFL has been a hot topic of late with current and former players having their opinions on the recreational drug voiced in the media. 

Well the great Pittsburgh Steelers back Jerome Bettis has had his view on the topic. The Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee has said that he thinks between "75-80%" of players in the NFL smoke pot. 

Speaking on the Highly Questionable podcast, 'The Bus' said that it is a "sad statistic, but (he) really believes it's that high."  

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran Ryan Clark came out in the week and said that he knows players on his own team that smoke the drug regularly as a form of painkiller which doesn't result in addiction, as well as a stress reliever.

As well as Clark, retired running back Ricky Williams claimed that the "NFL really doesn't care about wether or not players use marijuana" and that they only test for the drug for PR reasons.

In his interview, Clark went on to have his say on testing:

"They're fighting a losing battle. The testing isn't stringent," Clark said. "There is one random test during OTAs and minicamps during the offseason, and everybody will be tested early in training camp. After that, there are no more tests." 

So, it does seem that marijuana use is high in the NFL, but is it necessarily a bad thing? Well that's not a topic to be debated here but with the substance being legalized in Colorado and Washington, views on the drug are changing. 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Pittsburgh Steelers

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NFL Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again