Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is once again urging the league to consider allowing marijuana as a viable treatment option for teams.
During his NFL career, which included stints with the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, and Baltimore Ravens, Williams famously chose to retire due to the league’s strict anti-drug policy, particularly in regard to cannabis.
He faced suspensions and missed a significant portion of his career due to violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
While the NFL has since softened its stance on marijuana, Williams remains hopeful for a future in which teams are permitted to utilize cannabis-based treatments after games.
He outlined his vision in a recent interview with TMZ:
“I think the next step, though, is at the end of a game, if we’re on the plane ride home, the trainer is walking down the aisle and has two capsule cases – one of Ambien, and the other one of Vicodin.”
Williams emphasized the potential benefits of cannabis-based treatments and their ability to improve players’ well-being.
He stated, “We have an authentic message, and people are growing some really amazing flower that can really help people feel better. If we can be a person that can make that connection on the cannabis side, that feels great to us.”
In addition to advocating for the use of marijuana for various health benefits, Ricky Williams has established his own cannabis brand called “Highsman,” which reportedly continues to thrive.