The use of medical marijuana has been a hot topic in the NFL over the last decade or so, especially with the public’s growing concern for the safety of the league’s players. In ESPN The Magazine‘s November 14 “Pain Issue,” the sports imprint polled 226 players from the AFC and NFC to see how the one’s that really matter feel about the two, medical marijuana and painkillers.
Should medical marijuana be legal in all states?
Yes 71 percent
No 29 percent
Have you ever known a teammate to use marijuana before a game?
Yes 22 percent
No 78 percent
Is it hard to beat the NFL’s testing system for recreational drugs?
Yes 33 percent
No 67 percent
Have you ever used marijuana to help with concussion symptoms?
Yes 17 percent
No 83 percent
Have you ever had a teammate who you think became an addict because of NFL painkiller abuse?
Yes 42 percent
No 58 percent
What would you rather use if both were allowed by the NFL: Toradol** or marijuana?
Toradol 57 percent
Marijuana 43 percent
Do you worry about the long-term effects of painkillers?
Yes 59 percent
No 41 percent
If marijuana were an allowed substance, would fewer players take painkillers?
Yes 61 percent
No 39 percent
Which is better for recovery and pain control: marijuana or painkillers?
Marijuana 41 percent
Painkillers 32 percent
Neither 27 percent
What percentage of players do you think take painkillers on a regular basis?
Average answer 46 percent
*The AFC (127 respondents) and NFC (99 respondents) received separate surveys; no single question’s results reflect more than 127 votes. Percentages are rounded.
**A non-narcotic NSAID.