Former Eagles defensive end Chris Long says he smoked weed regularly during his career

Mike Dougherty
May 22, 2019 - 7:33 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Recently retired from the NFL, former Eagles defensive end and Walter Payton "Man of the Year" Chris Long says he smoked weed regularly during his career and knew how to beat the tests.

"Listen, if not for that, I'm not as capable of coping with the stresses of day-to-day NFL life," he said Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show.

Long likes to hit the bong, and he doesn't consider marijuana a drug. He believes a player who smokes pot rather than drinks is less likely to get into trouble.

"You're never going to read about him sitting on the couch and binge watching 'Game of Thrones' again," he said. "Chances are, the player won't even going to make it to the (night) club."

Long was never suspended because he says the NFL only tests for recreational drugs once a year and players know when it's coming, so they'll stop smoking for a month or two.

He thinks athletes end up drinking more or using pain pills instead.

"I think the testing is arbitrary," he said. 

He hopes the league will allow players to use marijuana for their benefit.

"I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis through my career," Long added.