18. Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr is a legend in the world of basketball. He’s won five championship rings as a player with the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs. And in case that wasn’t enough, he also won one more as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
And now it looks like Kerr could be building on his legendary status—but this time in the world of cannabis.
Toward the end of last year, Kerr told reporters that he uses medical marijuana. While describing his recovery from chronic back injuries, he said that he used medical marijuana during his recovery.
He went on to say that medical marijuana should be available for athletes in general. Here’s how he put it:
“I’m not an expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you got a lot of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin.”
“And yet, athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C like it’s no big deal.”
“There’s this perception in our country that over-the-counter drugs are fine and pot is bad. Now I think that’s changing.”
17. Jim McMahon
Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon has an impressive resume. He’s in the College Football Hall of Fame. As a pro, he was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, and he won two Super Bowls.
And to top it all off, he put together 18,128 yards of total offense over the span of a 15-year career. Pretty impressive.
But all that came with a price.
While playing, he sustained multiple concussions. And he’s pretty sure he broke his neck at one point.
Now, years after retiring, he’s still struggling with those injuries. Along with pain, he was recently diagnosed with early onset dementia resulting from his brain injuries.
To help him cope with it all, he uses marijuana. And now, he’s become a leading voice among former NFL players who are pushing the league to let players use pot.