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Chris Long says he used a lot of marijuana during NFL career

Vincent Frank
Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Now that defensive end Chris Long has officially retired from the league, the former top pick is no longer worried about drug tests.

That came out in droves during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday. Long was posed with a question about marijuana use during his NFL career. The two-time Super Bowl champion couldn’t have been any more clear in response.

“I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis through my career,” Long told “Long said. “If not for that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stresses of the day-to-day NFL life.”

That has to be news to pretty much everyone around the football world. The NFL’s archaic marijuana policy has come under fire a whole lot recently. The league still tests for the “drug” despite it being seen as a safer alternative to opioids.

For his part, Long wasn’t shy in providing his opinion on the league’s policy.

“The league, speaking plainly, knows damn well what they’re doing. Testing players once a year for ‘street drugs,’ which is a terrible classification for marijuana, is kinda silly because players know when the test is. We can stop,” Long continued.

The good news here is that is seems the NFL might be getting with the times as it relates to said policy. For Long and other recently-retired players, that couldn’t come soon enough.