Former NFL Player Says Teammates Smoked Pot Before Super Bowl

By Shawn Dwyer 01/30/14

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has claimed that players for either the Chicago Bears or Baltimore Ravens smoked dope right before the big game.

Ayanbadejo at last year's Super Bowl. Photo via

Former All-Pro linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has joined the growing discussion of marijuana in professional football by stating in a podcast for Fox Sports that several teammates toked up during Super Bowl week, though he declined to identify who or which teams.

"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was, but I just remember getting off the elevator one night…and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on,” he said. “I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room."

There’s no doubt that marijuana has been a hot topic in the lead up to this year’s game. Aside from the irony of both teams hailing from the only two states with legalized recreational weed, the topic has come up repeatedly since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made news a couple weeks ago for remaining open to the possibility of allowing medical marijuana for players.

"I don't know what's going to develop as far as the next opportunity for medicine to evolve and to help either deal with pain or help deal with injuries, but we will continue to support the evolution of medicine," Goodell said. That opened the floodgates to numerous pot questions during media week, with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll all but endorsing the idea.

"I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," he said at a news conference on Monday. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this."

Ayanbadejo played in the Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears in 2007 and won the Super Bowl last year as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

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