Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) reacts after recovering a fumble against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers S Ryan Clark says NFL players smoke marijuana to relieve pain and stress

Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) reacts after recovering a fumble against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In the recent weeks, the use of marijuana among NFL players has become a hot topic and drummed up plenty of discussion throughout the media. Former Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said that his teammates smoked marijuana before their Super Bowl appearance a year ago, and New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said that NFL players will smoke regardless of a marijuana ban.

The latest player to speak out is Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who appeared on ESPN Thursday morning to discuss the issue and he said that some of his own teammates use the drug as well.

However, Clark says that his teammates have a good reason to smoke marijuana, which is to relieve the pain that their bodies experience from the NFL and to relieve stress that they may experience while going through the weekly grind.

It brings up an interesting issue that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have to address, and it may be wise to allow medicinal marijuana use in the NFL if players go through the proper procedures where it is legal to get their license.

You can watch Clark’s candid interview with ESPN First Take below:

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