Dec 15, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell speaks with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan in the second quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field. Brunell was inducted into the "Pride of the Jaguars" during halftime ceremonies.

Mark Brunell thinks marijuana is harmful and NFL needs to crack down


With marijuana being legal in the two states that were represented in the Super Bowl, the discussion about marijuana rules in the NFL being changed has begun. Some have touted the medicinal effects for players who deal with injuries and it is perhaps a safer alternative to prescription drugs.

Some, like New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, thinks the NFL just needs to let it go because players are going to smoke anyways.

“They need to just let it go. We’re just going to do it anyway,” Cromartie said. “They just need to let it go. They need to go ahead and say, ‘Ya’ll go ahead, smoke it, do what you need to do.’”

Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Mark Brunell disagrees.

“I believe it’s harmful,” Brunell said. “I believe it has a negative effect on not only NFL players but anybody that does it. . . . Testing should be increased.”

“I think if you’re going to test for marijuana, it needs to be random, it needs to be often,” Brunell said. “It has to be stricter, just like the performance-enhancing drug testing is going to be strict.”

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

  • HmmmSaysDavidHume

    Oh look, another brainwashed Reefer Madness Boy! Yes, let’s spend more money and arrest another 750,000 people, mostly black and brown, and spend another $20 billion. After all, it’s really working out there, and the cartel profits are declining by the day.

    But what of alcohol, Mark? Is that OK because it metabolizes out? Or is it just that it’s legal so that’s ok? You ‘think’ it’s harmful. Have you really researched any of this subject at all, or are you content in your knowledge an opinions, and therefore you need no additional knowledge and are certain of your moral superiority?

    Here’s a clue Mark: those government propaganda pieces that you’ve used as the foundation of your opinions are purposely deceptive. The DEA does not fund studies on the positive benefits of cannabis. The ONDCP just publicly acknowledged that cannabis is less harmful than the other Schedule I substances it shares a classification with. And Deputy Director Bortticelli, under oath, testified that he could not definitively say that cannabis is less harmful than methamphetamine.

    When the deputy director of ONDCP, the propaganda machine created by Joe Biden and his ilk, cannot even distinguish between relative harms of various substances, you really should be questioning whether they have any credibility with their words.

    Man up Mark: your attitudes are founded in lies and deception.

    • Rick Day

      I blame the concussions, myself.

  • Ronald Allen Marett Sr.

    Hemp Oil cures cancer.

    • Rick Day

      smoking cannabis in bulk prevents cancer, if one stays away from tobacco and alcohol.

      That previous statement is a whole lot of lost profit to many enemies of cannabis consumers.

  • Rick Day

    Random tests. Then what? What kind of job as a ‘washed up athlete/analyst’ position will you have when 65% of the league (I assume you want more random testing of front office and coaches, right? RIGHT?) is suspended for demon marijuana? You idiot! You will self-righously piss yourself out of a job.

    Oh right, sorry, you are a ‘moral highgrounder’ and expect the rest of the world to follow your dimwit view of what should be punished, and what should be rewarded.

    Jeeze, how many times did this ‘anal-ist’ get hit in the head during his oh so brief and mediocre career?