Ricky Williams tells stories of marijuana use in NFL



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Ricky Williams tells stories of marijuana use in NFL

Former First-Team All Pro running back Ricky Williams said a Hall of Fame player introduced him to marijuana as a way of coping with pain. In the first round of the 1999 NFL draft, Williams was selected as the fifth overall pick by the New Orleans Saints.

Williams spent over a decade in the NFL as he played his final season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. "My rookie year, a Hall of Fame player on the team, he's in the Hall of Fame now, invited me over to his house and he gave me the speech about how to take care of yourself in the NFL," Williams said (via USA Today).

"And he pulled out some cannabis, crushed it up, split a blunt, opened it up, put the cannabis in there, took a Vicodin, crushed it up, sprinkled the Vico in there, rolled up the blunt and passed it to me. That was a vet, teaching me as a rookie, how to take care of myself in the NFL."

Williams tells one story of the marijuana use in the NFL

In 2011, Williams signed with the Ravens and that's where he played his final season in the league. "My last year in the NFL, I was playing for the Ravens.

And one point we were in the playoffs and I was leaving the facility and there were guys coming in with a plate full of 'brownies.' They [were] going to go watch film, so yeah." Williams retired a decade ago and a lot has changed since as marijuana is now legal in many states.

"And now, because it's more legal, it's to the point, why wouldn't you [use it] if you're in the NFL?" Williams asked. Predicting the future, Williams thinks the league will be even more open to the idea of using cannabis as a way of coping with pain.

"I think in the future, teams are gonna be supplying cannabis for the players because they've realized it's a healthy alternative [to] pharmaceuticals," Williams said.