Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss says he smoked marijuana every now and then as an NFL player for its medical benefits. He happened to test positive for marijuana early in his career, and since then he submitted several drug tests in regards to the league’s drug policy.
Moss recently recalled his time with the Minnesota Vikings, he said was going through a very tough time due to a painful hamstring injury. The hamstring injury limited his play in many ways. It was the first time in his career that he didn’t reach 1,000 yards receiving. The following season the Vikings traded him to the Oakland Raiders.
During that offseason he experienced plenty of medicinal benefits with marijuana. He said the cannabinoids helped him personally by relieving the pain and decreasing his knee inflammation.
The NFL’s drug policy requires players to have 10 drug tests a month after one positive result. A second violation would result in a hefty fine equal to the player’s salary for four games, a third violation would result in a four-game suspension, and a fourth violation would be a year’s suspension.
Surprisingly enough, Moss has never been suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
Now that he’s retired and working as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, Moss is quite vocal about his Hall of Fame worthy career. Though Moss acknowledges his occasional use of marijuana, it’s also worth mentioning that he never abused the cannabis plant.