If Edge Rusher Gregory Slips, Will Pittsburgh Roll The Dice?

With the recent news of Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory’s failed drug test for marijuana at the NFL Combine, it’s fair to ponder if the once top-10 pick will suffer a draft day freefall, perhaps into the range of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the draft only a month away, a mishap on his part could see him tumble into the latter portion of the first round, and he has no one to blame but the man in the mirror.

“I blame myself,” Gregory said. “And I know it sounds cliché, but there’s really no one else I can blame.”

He first found out, courtesy of his father. He initially thought it was a letter from the NFL, inviting him to attend the draft. Little did he know it wasn’t a draft invite at all, but a letter notifying him of his failed drug test.

“Am I worried? Yeah, I’m worried,” he said, referencing his possible draft plummet. “At the same time, I’m confident. I know I’m going to be all right in the end.”

Growing up in a military family, Gregory was constantly moving, whether it be Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Missouri or Indiana.

“The first thing my dad taught me was how to snap the ball, so when I went to try out, I ended up being the center,” he said.

He then bounced to running back, where he led his Pop Warner team to nationals, where he notched over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. In high school was where he finally found his natural position as defensive end. He initially committed to Purdue, but lackluster grades his senior year caused him to become ineligible.

“Purdue gave me the option of either going out to Arizona Western Community College or Iowa Western Community College,” Gregory said. “I chose Arizona Western and I went out there and it obviously all worked out.”

After showcasing his ability to bring down quarterbacks, Gregory had the national attention of 30-35 schools, all trying to gain his services. Nebraska eventually did, and that’s where his troubles with marijuana began. In 2014, he tested positive for it twice. Nebraska coaches alerted him that if a third instance occurred, he would be booted from the team. His instances with the drug branch back to his high school and JUCO days, where he said he smoked it to deal with the disappointment and stress from being academically disqualified from Purdue.

“I don’t wake up every day saying, “I’d really love to go smoke,” he said. “It’s not a struggle for me every day now, it really isn’t. In the past, hell yeah, it’s been a struggle. It really has been. Now, I’m focused on my dream.”

Leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh completely removed Ohio State tackle Mike Adams from it’s draft board due to a similar issue, and he had to write them a letter and abide by a code of ethics for them to even consider him.  He hasn’t had any recurring issues with it, and aside from being a stabbed during a robbery attempt, his main problem has been his lack of on-field performance. With the news of Gregory’s problems, he’s projected to take somewhat of a draft slide. Kansas City Chiefs sack artist and All-Pro Outside linebacker Justin Houston suffered a similar fate, failing a combine drug test and went from a probable late first rounder to the third round.

Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net seems to be reporting that the Steelers’ front office is again in a compassionate mood, as since the news broke regarding Gregory’s failed drug test, the Steelers are among the new team’s hosting him for a visit in the coming weeks. He would without a doubt add a legitimate pass rush presence to a team sorely lacking it, and at 6-foot-5 and now 243 pounds (he weighed only 235 at the combine due to a stomach ailment) he has a keen ability to rush the passer but also the athleticism to drop into coverage. He doesn’t think carrying extra weight will hurt him once he gets to the league either.

“I’ve been at Nebraska at over 255 pounds before and looked great, still move the same way I do now. I think I can weigh anything between 255 and 270 depending what scheme I’m in in the NFL,” he said.

He ran a 4.64 40 at the combine, but said he ran it in 4.53 Wednesday morning near Atlanta, GA. at the Goldin Athletics Training Association.

He’s supremely confident too, knowing his talents alone are worthy of a top-5 pick, but the recent news will cause some teams to frown upon him. One thing he’ll have to do at his visits is convince general managers and coaching staffs that his problems with the drug are behind him.

“I want people to understand I’m not some dumb jock pothead. I’m not,” he said. “I’m intelligent. I love the people who help me, I love my family, I love my support group. I love football. I love winning. And I don’t want to be labeled as some bust that couldn’t make it because he smoked. And I won’t be labeled as that.”

He’s also trying to convey, not only to Pittsburgh, but other teams interested in the speed rusher, that he’s the top-dog in the draft class when it comes to hunting quarterbacks.

“I’m trying to set myself apart from all the other edge rushers in the class,” he said. “I want a team to draft me and feel like this is a guy we can put anywhere on the field and he’s going to help us.”

He is about to live out a dream many males across America grow up envisioning, but only a select few get the opportunity to achieve. He realizes just how truly lucky he is to be blessed with such ability, but also realizes what a bonehead predicament he’s put himself in. Need proof of the trouble it can lead to? Two words-Josh Gordon.

“Marijuana could end my career,” he said. “This incident right now is a step toward ending my career. The last thing I want to do is fail another drug test and be out of the league. I want it on the record. I want people to understand I know I messed up. I’m owning up to it. I realize it. But at the same time, I’m taking the right steps to get better and to fix it.”

He’s saying all the right things, but it remains to be seen the weight those words will carry with Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert.

Links:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2015/02/08/randy-gregory-nebraska-draft-diary-keeps-moving/23054933/

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000481581/article/randy-gregory-i-blame-myself-for-failed-nfl-combine-drug-test

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/randy-gregory?id=2552446

  • Louis Goetz

    It’s not going to be too long before no one will understand why Marijuana was illegal in the first place. It’s not like he has a history of beating women or smoking crystal meth. If he falls, the Steelers should be there with open arms to catch him.

  • puCrepeaP

    Personally I think smoking weed is as dumb as smoking cigs. And I think bother should be illegal. and my opinion matters the most.

  • puCrepeaP

    I never liked him as a prospect in the first place. Athletic yes, but everyone is athletic at the next level. He needs to pack on some muscle/weight to keep up with those giant freaks in the NFL.

  • Paddy

    Just say no Steelers, this is a habit with him when things go wrong. They can’t afford a mistake at the top of the draft

  • Nick

    No!..next thing you know, he is outta the league with failed drug test after failed drug test. We dont need character issues on this team.

  • Lucas Campbell

    Is it telling that they may be willing to listen to his side of the story(like Mike Adams) that they’re bringing him in for a visit? So far, It’s been Adam’s production that’s hurting him, nothing else.

  • Joseph DeFazio

    Pass

  • Josh Knepshield

    Well, that’s kind stupid…

  • Josh Knepshield

    And getting stabbed in a parking lot.

  • ciscoNoDrink

    I don’t buy it. But then again according to an ex free safety, whom shall remain nameless, Pittsburgh should actually be named “Blunts”burgh.

  • Superdriller316

    Something doesn’t add up. He said he stopped smoking in Dec. The combine was in Feb. So either he’s not telling the truth and smoked after Dec or he’s a massive drug addict and walked around in a haze all the time to have that much THC in his body.

    You would think the issues with Santonio Holmes and Blount and Bell that they might pass. All I can say is Josh Gordon. Once you make the pick and it doesn’t work out, you just wasted a first round pick. The Steelers have enough questionable top picks that haven’t panned out so far.

  • puCrepeaP

    what is?

  • Louis Goetz

    Right, because as Greg Lloyd so eloquently (and incorrectly) put on his T-Shirt, football players aren’t hired for their dispositions. They’re all choir boys ranging from Mr. Lloyd himself, who shoved a gun in his son’s mouth, to our All-Pro center who openly supported a homicidal maniac, to perhaps the greatest Steelers’ linebacker on his generation, James Harrison, who was arrested for domestic violence (but that was in the name of God). Then you have everyone’s favorite RB, Le’Veon Bell who was arrested for marijuana himself and in the age of accepting responsibility for one’s own actions … everyone blamed Blount for that. Like prospect Gregory, Santonio Holmes had habit. Actually he had a couple of habits. Marijuana was one of them and winning a Super Bowl for the Steelers was the other. Next season’s nickel back was arrested for public intoxication just recently, which is at least better than getting arrested for DUI, like Hines Ward. Then again, all Hines did was get arrested for DUI, Almeda Ta’Amu was hit with 15 charges ranging from DUI, to evading police, to resisting arrest … and he stayed a Steeler. 18 Steelers have been arrested over the past 10 years. The Steelers have gone to three Super Bowls over that span, as well. I don’t particularly care if the players don’t have the greatest dispositions. They can’t be normal to be able to do what they do. But you keep goin’ on about “character issues.”

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    Who says there looking at him as 1st rounder? What if they are doing their due diligence in case he falls all the way to 2nd or 3rd rd (Justin Houston)? Why can’t they be preparing to take a chance on him with a less risky pick if he falls that far? So at this point we can only speculate what they are doing, and if you take a chance with a mid rd pick it’s not nearly as risky or as much of a setback if it doesn’t work. But it also could work and you end up with a Justin Houston in the mid rds.

  • RMSteeler

    Too much risk for the Steelers, especially this year when they need to hit it like last year in the first 5 or 6 rounds (yes, Dri too in my opinion). Even if your roster is stacked enough that your 1st round pick is a luxury, (like that has ever happened), you generally will have a better option or options at 22 than someone with his past. And, I think like always, that there will be some surprise picks above the Steelers allowing a gem to drop. I just feel it.

  • Superdriller316

    Unless he falls to the 5th, that’s where the less risky picks would start. Look at their combine drug failure Mike Adams, what’s he done? Nothing, he got stabbed and made up a car jacking story.

  • Louis Goetz

    The NFL doesn’t test for just THC, which is out of one’s body in between 4 and 10 days depending on how often and how much one smokes. The league also tests for the chemicals that THC turns into once it is metabolized by the body, which includes THC-COOH, and that can be detected for a much longer period of time, also depending on how much and how often someone smoked. Having a positive drug tests two months after someone stopped smoking weed is not at all unusual if the test came back positive for metabolites as opposed to the drug itself.

  • John

    I’d Have to pass we need people who want to play football. He has too much of a pattern in his history. Let someone else deal with him.

  • puCrepeaP

    Any of these red flags come pre-draft? I think you are right, the team deals with a lot of off field issues with their players. So why knowingly add to that? Once a player is drafted, you take what you get with them. The Good and the Bad. But isn’t it smart to try to avoid the bad if you see it coming?

  • Calvin700

    LOL!! Dumb as smoking cigarettes? Are u over 70 years old? Smoking weed is not exactly the best thing to be doing but to say it’s as dumb as smoking cigarettes is absolutely stupid and uneducated. One causes cancer the other inhibits the disease. If u eat processed bullshit and NOT organic (or non GMO) than you’re damaging your body and cells a million times more than weed can ever do lol. There’s a reason every couple of months more and more states make it legal

  • Superdriller316

    Doesn’t matter to me. He’s failed 3 drug tests, and isn’t worth the risk. If he was smoking everyday like he said, he has problems and should call and see if he can be Johnny football’s roommate in rehab.

  • Lucas Campbell

    Yeah he was the supposed “victim” in that though. Or robbery or whatever happened. It would be different if he developed into a starter but he’s as soft as the Charmin on the tp roll

  • michaelinchains

    No way he slips past 1st rd..get it outta ur heads

  • Superdriller316

    And what do Holmes and Ta’Amu have in common? They were both sent packing.

  • Lucas Campbell

    say Dupree, K. Johnson, and Waynes are all gone….and the BPA’s remaining are Peters and Gregory….what do we do?

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    Again the same thing occurred with Justin Houston at the combine and he was taken in the 3rd rd, and has had no problems since. So it could be argued either way I’m just saying they could be checking him out in case he falls to the mid rds.

  • puCrepeaP

    Just because one may show less effects, doesn’t make it less dumb. Cutting off your own finger is just as dumb as cutting off your whole arm. Smoking cigs you are purposely inhaling chemical filled smoke into vital organs, smoking weed you are purposely inhaling chemical filled smoke into vital organs. Weed is not good for you. bottom line.

  • AndyR34

    Pass…on both. While I am not looking for choir boys in the 1st…it seems too risky to take a chance on people that clearly have had a problem and have not sought counseling. And, clearly, Gregory is too dumb to give it up in order to pass the NFL drug test.

  • Louis Goetz

    Look, I know a lot of people “identify” with their teams as if they are part of the organization and the whole team is part of them. I get that people believe SteelersNation is this real thing and that the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise stands for something more significant than other teams. But at the end of the day, football players are football players. They do what they do to earn a paycheck for themselves, and if their efforts translate into wins, it earns the owners more money, and gives us fans something to be proud of, while we escape the very day doldrums of life. They’re entertainers – nothing more nothing less. Societally, there’s no difference between football players and actors or rockstars, other than skill set (and perhaps career longevity). People love movie franchises, like Iron Man, but you never see anyone screaming that Robert Downey, Jr. better not be cast to fill a role because he was arrested for smoking weed. If no one does that, why do we demand so much more from athletes? Do I want a team full of Aaron Hernandez clones? Of course not. But I’m not going to condemn a 21 year old kid because he smoked weed and scream he better not play for my favorite football team.

  • Vinhuddle

    Hand in the card with Peters name on it while keeping fingers crossed, just my opinion.

  • steelcityinny

    Remember Mike Adams, stay away from Gregory. I personally think he was overrated to start with.

  • Superdriller316

    Well like Kevin said about Adams, he’s off our draft board. Adams apparently jumped through some massive hoops to get back on it. Just not worth the risk.

  • Vinhuddle

    It does seem to read as though his use is more than “occasional.” He may have pee’d a cpl seeds into the cup during the combine test.lol

  • Louis Goetz

    LOL That’s not even close to being true. Holmes was already in the substance abuse program before he won us that thing called Super Bowl XLIII. When he failed another drug test he was traded to the Jets.
    As for Ta’Amu, in 2012 he was on the Steelers 53-man roster (but not the active 46) until he was cut and put on the practice squad, where he stayed the rest of the season. The Steelers re-signed him to the 2013 practice squad, until he was claimed by the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers never sent him packing at all.

  • puCrepeaP

    It’s not that he smoked weed though. It’s that he failed a test he knew was going to be administered. If you haven’t noticed, the combine isn’t exactly a secret anymore. It’s not a pop quiz. His inability to be clean for a couple months, when his future depends on it is a huge red flag.

    As for the RDJ reference, he was long clean and sobered up before he was offered the iron man role. Again Gregory couldn’t even keep clean for a month leading up to the most important job interview of his life.

  • ApexSteel

    I don’t think it’s a question that they will. If they scheduled the visit after he exposed the failed drug test that tells me that they’re hoping for a slip. Him falling into their laps is the answer to the at least half of the OLB woes

  • Vinhuddle

    I wonder what the odds are he would even slip to #22? That seems kinda far for a projected top 5 to fall.

  • Louis Goetz

    No one knows if he tested positive for THC, THC-COOH, or a diluted sample; the league will never tell. THC is out of your systems in days, whereas it can take months before THC-COOH is out of your system, which is why some players try to dilute their samples (which counts as a positive test). Many players fail combine drug tests. Timmy Jernigan did and the Ravens still drafted him in the 2nd round and they’re reaping the benefits. Keenan Allen failed his combine drug test and is still the #1 WR in San Diego. As a matter of fact, I cannot think of a single player who tested positive for marijuana at the combine and then went on to be a bust in the NFL. Can anyone name one?

  • Superdriller316

    Holmes turn into more of a problem than what the Steelers wanted to deal with and was traded. The Steelers could have kept Ta’Amu if they wanted to. The team has the choice to sign a PS player to the 53 if said player is picked up by another team and they didn’t. Look at it anyway you want, after off field issues both were off the team via trade or signing elsewhere.

  • Superdriller316

    Rumor has it that the Falcons will take him at 8.

  • blue

    Damnnnnn right we draft him, majority of players in NFL smoke, just not dumb enough to get caught

  • Ike Evans

    Nah…. Im cool, not because of the weed but just cuz I don’t like his game tape

  • danny

    Smoking it CAN be harmful, yes, but the plant itself has no chemicals, which is why other methods of consumption are the way to go

  • Louis Goetz

    They didn’t get rid of Holmes because he was more of a problem than what the Steelers wanted to deal with. He was entering the last year of his rookie deal and after what happened in SB XVIII he was going to get more money from another team than the Steelers were EVER going to pay a WR at the time. They traded him after he failed his drug test because it came with a mandatory 4 game suspension, meaning the Steelers were only going to have him for 12 games in ’11, so they traded 12 games of production in 2011 for the Jets’ 5th round draft pick (which was used on Steven Sylvester). The Jets then gave Holmes a 5 year $45M contract. That’s why the Steelers traded Holmes, because it’s the only way they were going to get ANY value for him. As for Ta’Amu, he wasn’t any good and that’s why he was on the PS. There’s no other reason. He didn’t play a single snap BEFORE got in trouble. He wasn’t even on the active 46 man roster ONCE before he was cut and put on the PS, re-signed to the PS the next year and then claimed off of waivers.

  • i guess that’s the problem though is he’s been very dumb

  • good post lol

  • Guest

    I’m pretty sure we traded that Holmes pick to Arizona for Bryant McFadden and a sixth round pick, which we took AB with

  • Mike Adams

  • SteelCity Inc.

    I’m pretty sure we traded that Holmes pick to ARZ for Bryant McFadden and a 6th round pick which was used on AB

  • pittfan

    Great point, we have enough problems come up we don’t know about.
    Why bring in one we know about?

  • Say what you want about failing the drug test fair enough. I just want to add that with the way our current LBs are working out with JH already in Arizona and look to follow his lead, this might be the best year to take a guy like Gregory since he’ll undoubtedly have an awesome support system in the LB room. If we ended up drafting him, I feel like there is hope that our current LBs could show him the right way. He’s a high end talent and could end up being hell of a player for one of these teams.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Both are stupid but neither should be illegal. The health cops of this world need to focus on themselves & stop telling everyone else what they should or shouldn’t do. The only time personal choices should be regulated is if it causes problems for others. And Pot doesn’t cause a problem with anyone…except grocery stores that can’t keep the Doritos or Chocolate Chip cookies stocked sufficiently to meet demand :o)

  • Chad

    I am not an anti-cannabis person, and any honest person that is paying attention likely isn’t either. But after wasting a 2nd rounder on the biggest steelers oline bust that I can remember, I’m pretty sure that they leave this guy alone.

  • Matt Manzo

    He wasn’t on my radar before, because of his inability to take on tackles.
    Convince me that he should be on my radar now, after a failed “combine” test.

  • Matt Manzo

    Exactly! There’s two ways to look at. You’re either smart enough to sober up for the combine and piss clean, allowing you to try and hide it during your career. Or you’re too naive and immature and you can’t handle the pressure and not sure if you’re a stoner or not but it really helped with this one time when you were stressed out, BUT you can clean up once you get into the NFL, just not in time for the combine?
    I’m hearing Ricky-Williams-type head problems, not a 1st rounder.

  • Nolrog

    >>> “I blame myself,” Gregory said. “And I know it sounds cliché, but there’s really no one else I can blame.”It doesn’t sound cliché actually. It sounds like you are taking responsibility for your actions and owning up to your mistakes. I got a lot of respect for a guy like that.

  • newguy68

    I don’t think he’ll ‘fall’ that far to the Steelers.

  • Jonathan D Worth

    I will sidestep the ridiculous “ethics” behind our nation’s Marijuana policy, but how many times has he popped positive, 2? Or 3 now?

  • Jonathan D Worth

    Not a bust…yet.

  • Jonathan D Worth

    I seem to recall reading that Ta’amu was having some success out there.

  • Vinhuddle

    Agreed. He did one up to it which is more than a lot of folks would.

  • Vinhuddle

    I think the that is the third. Besides showing bad timing, I don’t see the big deal. Weed probably will become less of a punishment in the NFL and I personally think should be legal, my opinion only. I’d rather have a “toker” on my team than say, a dude who beats his wife or girlfriend.

  • Peters! Absolutely! I’m hoping [obviously] that he’ll choke Mike Tomlin whenever he says “obviously” and break him of the habit.

  • Vinhuddle

    Now that would be funny, obviously.lol

  • Nick

    And that is exactly why I root for the farm boys and not the city boys. I dont care how good a player is, if he is just a sh*tty human, I dont want him on my team. And that is why I dont worship these players like some pathetic fans do. I am 100 percent against weed, but it isnt the worst thing in the world..but we dont need guys who will continually fail drug tests and end up like Josh Gordon.

  • Brantley Stockton

    Absolutely. I’d love to have this guy on our team.
    So tired of the NFLs crap. It’s turning into a boring league full of boring robots.

  • walter mason

    Absolutely.

  • Louis Goetz

    My mistake. You are 100% correct, sir. The Steelers had two compensatory picks in the 5th round of that draft and used the second to draft Sylvester; not the pick they received from the Jets.

  • walter mason

    Weed is worse for the lungs than cigarettes. But I understand you want to get high so you try to make people believe its medicine. Why can’t you just own up to it like Gregory has?

  • walter mason

    Its almost like an addiction with Gregory and I’m not sure he can overcome it.

  • walter mason

    Will I get higher with other methods of consumption? Tell me more.

  • walter mason

    Its like an addiction with this kid. He admits it.

  • V C Pittsburgh

    Coach Tomlin is a great rolemodel to young players

  • Louis Goetz

    No, you have to have someone else around that YOU don’t blame, but that other people blame for you. Le’Veon Bell got caught driving while smoking weed, and everyone wants to say it wasn’t his fault. He just was a poor innocent and impressionable young boy whose soul was pure until he fell victim that that evil and wicked LeGarette Blount.

  • walter mason

    Geez Louis. Why do you defend pot smokers so much? Is getting high really such an important part of life or are you a lawyer?

  • V C Pittsburgh

    Anybody can be a mistake

  • V C Pittsburgh

    Hahahaha PREACH!!!!

  • walter mason

    Well said Nick. And they say pot is not addicting.

  • walter mason

    Anybody can make a mistake but he pretty much admitted that its an addiction with him. He uses pot as a crutch. Bad news and I wish him well.

  • Louis Goetz

    Geez Walter, why do you get confused so much? I didn’t defend pot smokers or pot smoking once in anything that I wrote. All I did was take the position that we’re talking about kids who are being vetted to play professional football; not perform some vital function in society. For our purposes, they’re entertainers. They are hired to play football, so we can watch and enjoy it; that’s it. I don’t care if a football player smokes weed. Just like I don’t care if an actor or a musician smokes weed. If they were going to be put in a position to take care of my friends or family, I’d care. If they were going to perform some function that had a significant impact on my life or society, I’d care. But they’re not. I find it ridiculous that fans put so much emphasis on whether or not a draft prospect smoked weed, but then turn a blind eye to a guy’s wrongdoing once he dawns a black and yellow jersey.

  • Louis Goetz

    What’s a farm boy, as opposed to a city boy? And ain’t the farm down where dey grow dat wacky tabacky anyhows?

  • Calvin700

    You’re just one of those people that doesn’t care to study it properly and will forever think it’s bad. And like I’ve said many times weed is ONLY bad if you’re LAZY or WEAK MINDED. That’s it

  • walter mason

    OK thanks for explaining. It sure appeared to me that you were defending weed and the people that use it.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Please no. Before this whole marijuana thing with him, he was still a 2nd-3rd round pick for me. Too many times, players like Gregory are taken because athleticism and really nothing else. He draws large comparisons to Barkevious Mingo for me, and that’s not great

  • walter mason

    Lazy or weak minded? So if your mind is right, you can handle it?

  • walter mason

    Mushrooms

  • walter mason

    Yea he owned up to his problems with pot. A necessary first step to getting help. I wish him well.

  • walter mason

    We are all hoping that Leveon was just experimenting

  • gdeuce

    it’s against the rules of the NFL, it doesn’t matter if its illegal

  • gdeuce

    cutting off your finger is not just as dumb as cutting off your whole arm

  • Devon Day

    ….. Why would….. *sigh.

  • Dan V

    Draft him. It worked out well with drafting Adams for the same thing. He’s an all pro O Linemen isnt he?

  • johnhoien

    That was intended for humor.. Ok I get it.

  • Rick M

    The guy won’t drop anywhere near to 22 so it’s a non-issue. Yes there are the Josh Morgan’s, but there are also guys like Mathieu and Janoris Jenkins who had all sorts of red flags and turned it around in the pros. There’s no way 21 teams will choose not to roll the dice on a Top 5 talent.

  • Calvin700

    ABSOLUTELY. If your mind is right and you’re not lazy weed is fine, out here in California weed is more than normal it’s a lifestyle/culture and I know TONS of people that smoke it and most of them are fine and are no different than your average joe but I do know some lazy pothead morons that are just plain lazy and unmotivated those are the ones that can’t do it. All I know is that weed is 1000X better than alcohol which kills every single day in many ways. I used to smoke but I work for the Union so I get tested randomly but I know plenty of guys that smoke it and take detox that cleans your piss out within 4-6 days. That what ALL these smokers in the NFL use and get away with it every time. They say half the league smokes weed even Ryan Clark said we got smokers haha. My high school QB McLeod bethel-Thompson who’s on the Dolphins (also been Vikings and 9ers) also confirmed it. So when somebody like gregory fails his test that means his detox failed or he smoked too much to where it couldn’t clean it either way gregory is a major pothead just like mike Adams who probably still smokes himself lol

  • DoctorNoah

    Okay. As the resident MD here, marijuana smoke is carcinogenic just like tobacco. No one, well few peopke, smoke the equivalent of a pack of cigs’ worth of pot a day, hence the difference. Chewing tobacco causes mouth cancer. Because pot has been illegal for 80 years in this country, there is not a lot of research done on its carcinogenicity. Smoked and cured meats are carcinogenic. Smoke is carcinogenic. Period.

    One of the major issues is maturity. If you are stupid enough, immature enough, or have dependency issues enough to smoke pot before the combine, knowing the difference between a first round draft spot and a second or third round spot is in the millions of dollars (and this guy has had academic problems since high school), then red flags are raised. You can smoke whatever you want the day after the combine ends. Really.

  • Reno

    Perhaps he is another Dion Jordan.

  • WIINGY

    Did you just skim what he wrote or have no reading comprehension?

  • WIINGY

    yeah because pot is like Herion so hard to kick.

  • WIINGY

    and alcohol causes internal combustion.

  • WIINGY

    they call that ignorant.

  • WIINGY

    yeah anal suppository is the best way

  • cp72

    Huh? Mike Adams makes me want to smoke a joint.

  • cp72

    Jamain Stephens and Tom Ricketts….but Adams is probably 3rd biggest oline bust.

  • walter mason

    Lol

  • walter mason

    Mental addiction. Its different than a physical addiction. Some day you may learn that a mental addiction can also ruin your life.

  • walter mason

    I like fooling with potheads like yourself.

  • walter mason

    When a drug becomes a lifestyle/ culture, you don’t see that as a problem for our country?

  • Calvin700

    Carcinogenic LOL are u kidding me???? I’ve read multiple studies over years and marijuana is the opposite it inhibits cancer cells. And actually I don’t need no damn studies I’m old enough to go off my life experience and I NEVER heard of a pot head getting cancer but yet every other “normal” person gets some type of cancer. And actually I know many guys that smoke more weed than cigarette smokers smoke cigarettes how come they don’t have cancer? I’m talking dozens upon dozens. If u grew up in Northern California u would definitely understand

  • Calvin700

    You’re absolutely stupid LOL. You’re IQ must be lower than 80 I swear. The food in your fridge is worse than weed unless your eating organic. Go read

  • Calvin700

    U also have to be old as dirt only way to explain your ignorance

  • Chad

    Fair enough. I just have these recurring nightmares about when we tried to start Adams at LT two years ago. Those wounds are still fresh. Hopefully Munchak can do more with this kid than Blackledge and Stephenson did with the other two.

  • Rotten Sircus

    If he falls I say get him. He’ll already come in with something to prove to his naysayers & doubters !

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Walter, I live in Colorado where Pot was legalized for recreational use. I thought that Pot was going to be everywhere, but that’s not even close to the fact. Since I moved here 9 months ago, I have only seen a few people with it in public & haven’t witnessed any social ills from it’s legalization. In short, it’s not like i

  • walter mason

    Lol so smoke is medicine for the lungs right? There is no need for you to try and put down another person to make yourself look good. That really shows who is ignorant.

  • walter mason

    The man is an MD. Please stop showing your ignorance.

  • walter mason

    I guess time will tell. I grew up around drugs and I know many people that have ruined their lives with drugs. And yes I consider pot and alcohol recreational drugs. Myself I don’t want to be around it anymore.

  • steelster

    He won’t fall to the steelers because the browns will draft him. The browns love to repeat mistakes it’s the only thing their good at.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Pot isn’t like Cocaine, Crack, Methamphetamines or opiates. Those drugs are all addictive & have a negative psychological & physilogi

  • DoctorNoah

    You sound like someone the Steelers would not consider drafting. Health risks of chronic and heavy use of marijuana are poorly understood but several studies have shown increased risk of various mouth/throat and lung cancers and some have not. In pregnant women it is also associated with some childhood cancers. If you want to discuss the peer-reviewed literature, happy to debate but your “life experience” holds little water. It is attitudes like yours that male critical appraisal of the literature all the more important.

  • Calvin700

    Yeah, we all know doctors know everything right?

  • Calvin700

    Yeah in a way it is a problem but nowhere near what is happening behind closed doors, it should be the least of our worries. At least these kids nowadays are getting smarter and not drinking as much and not doing coke how guys was 20 30 years ago. Crime is way down and overall drug use is down the only thing that is up is weed lol. Like I said out here in California it’s been a culture for well over 50 years and we’re more than fine when it comes to people, education, economy and lifestyle. All u gotta do is take your time and read about it and you’ll see it’s not nowhere near as bad as u think it is

  • Calvin700

    LOL “some have and some have not”. Way more studies support that it prevents cancer rather than causes it matter of fact I’ve NEVER read that it causes it. Like I said my life experience matter more than any study and I’ve never heard of any pothead getting cancer, EVER. Matter of fact I know people that beat cancer and started smoking weed and never had cancer again. Ok and if you’re a MD tell me what u think about the food this country is feeding us?? Why is over 90% of our food banned in dozens of nations such as Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, and ALL European nations????

  • Conserv_58

    Alcohol is an accepted part of our culture and it is and always will be a much bigger problem for our culture. More lives have been ruined, lost and crimes committed from alcohol related issues than there ever will be from marihuana users. Ask any police officer if they would rather have to deal with a beligerant drunk or a pot smoker and I’ll guarantee that nearly all of them would say they’d rather deal with the pot smoker over a beligerant drunk any day. I have several police officers as friends and aquaintences and they I asked them that very question. Every one of them said that the problem with drunks is they’re totally unpredictable. Pot smokers are more predictable because the affects of pot make them far less likely to be combative and unrully.

  • Conserv_58

    There is no evidence proving that smoking pot leads to habitual use. IMO, it has more to do with a person’s character than anything else. As far as I’m concerned, pot smoking has a far less detrimental affect on society, as a whole, than alcohol.

  • Conserv_58

    I trust that research as much as I trust the BS science behind global warming.

  • Conserv_58

    So because you say weed is worse for the lungs than cigaretts it’s a fact?

  • Conserv_58

    Just because Euro trash socialist politicians ban their citizens from having the right and freedom to choose to eat snack foods doesn’t make those governments experts.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s only a crime because the government can’t control it. We tax payers have spent billions of dollars on anti drug campaigns and the war on drugs, for decades. Obviously, that war was lost because drug use is more rampant than it ever was.

  • I completely agree and I’m actually one of his supporters, just couldn’t resist lol

  • Louis Goetz

    I challenge you to find one sentence that I wrote that supports Marijuana use or defends anyone who uses it. I can’t figure out what’s greater, your dislike of Marijuana and the people who use it, or my disdaine for people who arrogantly make uneducated statements.

  • Louis Goetz

    LOL So is illegal contact to the head. Are you equally advocating that anyone who’s been caught doing that be removed from draft consideration? And by the way, when did I ever argue it was OK because it was legal.

  • walter mason

    Geez Louis there are many members here that are defending marijuana use besides yourself. Some even claiming medicinal benefits. I respect your opinions as I know you are an educated person and maybe I need to change my outlook on recreational drug use. Maybe a little marijuana is not so bad. I just happen to think it could lead to harder drugs and i have seen it halpen. Louis go back and read your posts. Im on a celpbone and i dont knkw how to copy and paste your comments. Maybe you forgot what you wrote. Look I didn’t realize that you would support marijuana use and then try to deny it because you are offended. I don’t dislike anyone. I just tho

  • walter mason

    OK there seems to be a lot of support for marijuana and those who smoke it. Maybe used in moderation is not so bad. BTW I have smoked myself and I see no real benefits. It doesnt kill pain and it doesnt cure cancer. However there may be some people that benefit from getting high. And I don’t hate so called potheads. I was just trying to help them from my many past experiences.

  • walter mason

    Yes this is true but alcohol used in moderation at home is not really so bad. Maybe pot used in moderation can be also safe because there seems go be many supporters. But I have seen people that smoke everyday and getting high everyday can’t be good. They may be productive citizens despite their habits but i often think how productive they could be without it.

  • walter mason

    Yes some people have a tendency towards addiction. I believe that NA and AA have come to the conclusion that addictive tendencies are inherited. Some people can handle it and others cannot take one drink or one hit. If you have ever been to these meetings you will meet people that will tell you this. So its a problem for some people like Gregory but not for others like Bell perhaps that can quit at any time.

  • walter mason

    Well I am very familiar with all the drugs you mention. IMO you can’t be half pregnant. While there is some truth to what you say, its also true that pot can lead to the harder drugs especially if pot becomes so widely accepted in everyday society. I will try to change my opinions on marijuana use because maybe getting high has some benefit for some people. But I know people that have to have it everyday. To them its just as habit forming as cigarettes.

  • walter mason

    I respect your opinions as you are obviously an educated man and I’m not being sarcastic. I dont dislike anybody even marijuana users. I was only trying to help those that may not be as experienced as myself. As far as your challenge I don’t know how to copy and paste from my celpho ne. But Louis please go back and read your comments as you seem to have forgotten what you posted. You only have to read your very first comment. But hey there are many marijuana supporters here. Its no big deal. And it was not my intention to upset you.

  • Louis Goetz

    Writing that people will soon forget why Marijuana was ever illegal in the first place isn’t supporting it’s use; just acknowledging the political, economic and social trends that are right in front of our faces. I tried it for the first time in 1989 and felt nothing. I tried it a second time on New Years Eve in 1990 and sat on a couch staring at a turned off TV for four hours – not exactly enjoyable. I’ve never touched it again (other than smelling it at concerts). I dont support its use. I wouldn’t allow my kids to use it. But I won’t condemn an adult who uses it anymore than I would someone who drinks beer.

  • walter mason

    OK You don’t want your kids using marijuana but you don’t care if someone elses kids do? Its kinda hard for me to understand that sorry. But I accept it. Thanks for clarifing

  • walter mason

    But football players are role models to yo

  • Calvin700

    LOL you’re HILARIOUS. It’s not about freedom it’s about fu***** their own people. Go read about the chemicals that’s in our food then come back to me. European, Australian, New Zealand, Russian and Chinese people are smarter than the VAST majority of these retards in this country. It’s obvious you’re one of those people that believes everything the government or news tell u so you’re somewhat brainwashed but if u took the time to read how disgusting and sickening some of the elites in this country are u would not be shocked. This nation is one of the highest for getting cancer that’s all I gotta say

  • NurseRatched

    ZZZZzzzzzz

  • gdeuce

    it was the first thing you said

  • Louis Goetz

    How is acknowledging the fact that people will soon forget why marijuana was ever considered illegal tantamount to advocating for its use? I simply acknowledged the social, economic, and political trends surrounding its use. Cigarettes are legal, and I don’t think they’ll ever be illegal. That doesn’t mean I believe people should smoke.

  • Louis Goetz

    I don’t think marijuana is any more harmful than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. Yes, there are legal differences between the three vices and there are certainly societal differences surrounding them, but I don’t see much physical difference between the three uses. Some argue that smoking marijuana is the least hazardous of the three. I’ve never studied the research, so I don’t know. I, personally, haven’t seen anyone with glaring heath problems because of smoking weed, whereas I certainly have with cigarette smokers and alcoholics. So, I can see marijuana usage as personal decision – just like any other vice. I do not yet believe my children are old enough to make an informed decision about whether or not to smoke marijuana nor do I believe they can yet fully appreciate the potential permanent legal and societal ramifications that could result from smoking marijuana in the information age where nothing can ever be forgotten. For those reasons, I will not allow my children to use marijuana. Other parents may not care about or believe the negatives it can bring. I don’t believe in legislating morality, so I’m certainly not going care if someone else’s parent decides that it is acceptable for them or their children. Again, we’re talking about marijuana; not crystal meth or crack.

  • walter mason

    OK fair enough. I don’t dislike pot users and I didn’t mean to sound arrogant. But drugs are one thing I have a lot of experience with and I thought I could help others by sharing my knowledge. Staring at a blank TV for hours should tell you why its illegal lol. Well I have been called a lot of nasty names for my efforts and even my IQ has been questioned here. Maybe I will change my opinions on recreational drug use but pot really does lead to harder drugs with some people. If I was to catorgerize you simply as pro marijuana or against you seem to come off as pro marijuana. I hope there are no hard feelings. I have been living in the remote everglades for 7 months and its hard to read and type on my tiny cellphone but it helps to pass the time. Take care

  • Louis Goetz

    LOL Where in the Everglades?

  • walter mason

    Bear island in the Big Cypress National Preserve.. I work and live on site
    in a small camper.

  • Louis Goetz

    Small world. I live literally 2 minutes from Holiday Park.