Calvin Johnson, known for his dominance over defensive backs throughout his NFL career, recently made a candid admission about his playing days during an appearance on Robert Griffin III’s “RG3 and The Ones” podcast.
When asked if he ever played games while under the influence, Johnson revealed that he did so during his final season in 2015.
“Yes, I have,” Johnson confessed. “There were some games in my career where I felt like I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the day. I needed my mind right.”
Griffin followed up by referencing Johnson’s legendary performance against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, where he racked up 329 receiving yards. Johnson clarified that he only smoked weed before games in 2015 when he was “just barely hanging on.”
“No, it was like my last year when I was just barely hanging on,” Johnson explained.
Johnson’s retirement at age 30, despite still being at the peak of his game, surprised many in the sports world. His admission sheds light on the physical and mental challenges he faced during his final season, despite his exceptional performance on the field.
While Johnson’s revelation may come as a shock to some, he is not the only former NFL player to acknowledge playing games while under the influence. This acknowledgment highlights a reality that may be more common among players than previously thought.