"I grew up like most of my generation believing that marijuana was something Satan was throwing at Americans, a communist plot. But I think most of us have come around to the believe that marijuana is hugely beneficial when used correctly for medicinal purposes."
Those are the quotes this week from Dr. Mehmet Oz, who like many of us originally thought that marijuana was bad for you before he delved further and found out the benefits.
The NFL looks set to lose one of its superstars for the forthcoming season, after Browns receiver Josh Gordon was allegedly caught using marijuana yet again.
It's a sad state of affairs when the league prohibits the use of a substance that is actually deemed legal in two US states, Colorado and Washington.
When those two states gave the green light for weed to be used, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should have made the decision to stop testing for the drug.
It seems bizarre that the league is still not working in parallel with the legislation of some states. And one of the reasons it's so outrageous is because the drug could actually be good for NFL players.
American football is a physically demanding sport and players may well benefit from the use of medical marijuana.
NBA star Blake Griffin recently explained how he hoped that basketball players could soon be allowed to consume medical marijuana. The LA Clippers cited the fact his teammates are always popping painkillers as a reason for why weed should be allowed, with the forward stating weed would be a healthier to cope with pain.
Now if basketball players need it, football players need it twice as much, with the game a much more physical sport.
Former Denver Broncos wideout Nate Jackson once said that he would have benefitted from using the drug during his playing days due to the tole the game took on his body.
Super Bowl winning Seattle head coach Pete Carroll agreed with Jackson's claims. The Seahawks boss spoke at the start of this year about how the NFL should at least explore the positives that medical marijuana might bring to football.
“I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible. Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this," Carroll said at the time.
It looks like the NFL will eventually buckle to the power of weed in someway in the near future, but that will be too late for the Browns receiver Gordon, who looks set for a year out right now.
For further proof that marijuana could revolutionize the NFL, let's leave you with another quote from Dr. Oz.
"It's hugely beneficial. We pervert its use at times," Oz added. "I don't think it should be widely used, certainly by kids, because that creates a dependence that is unhealthy in any setting. But it absolutely should be widely available in America [for medical use]."