Former Pittsburgh Steeler Levon Bell said on a recent podcast that he would score touchdowns and win games — even if he smoked pot beforehand.
Bell, now a free agent, had short runs with the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers – the place he truly calls home in his professional football career. CBS News reports That Bell posted the details on a recent podcast about how often he smokes, even before a game.
During Bell’s run with the Steelers from 2013 to 2017, he drew 5,336 rushing yards, 2,660 receiving yards, and averaged 5.2 yards per touchdown. Bell also earned two All-Pro selections and had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In 2015 and 2016 it was voted one of the NFL’s Top 100 Players. It seems that he hastened many of those landing stones.
on Episode 30 On the “Steel Here” podcast, Bell explained how he smoked pot before some of his best performances with the Steelers.
“Looking back, that’s what I did,” said Bell. “When I was playing football, I used to smoke. Even before games, I would smoke and go out there and run for 150 (touchdowns).”
In 2019, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the New York Jets, which was short-lived. Bale hasn’t played professional football since the 2021 season, but he has no plans to retire from the league anytime soon. A contract dispute led to his departure with the Steelers, but he hopes to eventually retire with them.
“The guarantee was literally. They wouldn’t budge on it and I wasn’t going back on it. I didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh,” Bell said. “At the end of the day, that’s where I was. That’s where he got recruited. Especially after going to different teams and seeing what it’s like, when a team has their guy, you’re their guy. I was Pittsburgh’s guy.”
In 2021, the NFL made significant changes to its guidelines, so players are now only required to test drugs for cannabis only once at the start of training camp.
“I’m trying to retire with Pittsburgh,” said Bell. “But before I do that, I might be like, ‘Hey, let me get you a couple of loads in the preseason so I can show you everything. “
NFL and Pot Policy
The NFL relaxes cannabis policies like most other major sports leagues. Last year, the NFL took it one step further Grant funds for two cannabis research initiatives Focus on the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment for pain management.
The NFL is currently exploring cannabis-based medicine to treat pain, since the alternative is usually opioids. The NFL announced in a press release on February 1, 2022 that it would introduce One million dollars to different researchers In the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) f University of Regina (UR), which is located in Canada. Both research groups will focus on how cannabis can help manage pain in general, with some other target studies as well.
NFL-NFLPA Joint Pain Management Committee (PMC) to submit research proposals in June 2021Researchers are asked to help PMC know about pain management and athletic performance.” The panel received a total of 106 submissions, which were narrowed down to 10 finalists by the NFL’s Research and Innovation Committee.
Meanwhile, players are likely to smoke. It mirrors what has been said about other major sports leagues such as the National Basketball Association (NBA). (Guy Williams appreciated it 80% of NBA players smoke cannabis; The Harringtons guess the number is a bit higher.)