Congratulations to all the physicians and athletes who participated in DFCR’s 3 1/2 year campaign, “Doctors and Players for NFL Cannabis Reform.” Thanks to our efforts, and those of other advocates, the NFL has all but eliminated the consequences for NFL players who choose to consume cannabis responsibly.
This victory comes after a lot of effort, including:
- A 2016 CNN exclusive on our campaign launch
- An unprecedented open letter from physicians and athletes to the NFL
- A 2017 presentation in Houston around Super Bowl LI
- CNN’s 2018 special “Weed 4” by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which featured DFCR and the campaign
- Many other print, online, radio, and television appearances between 2016 and 2020
DFCR is grateful to the many athletes, physicians, and other advocates who helped us achieve this major victory through the destigmatization of cannabis use and support for the rights of NFL players.
Doctors and Players for NFL Cannabis Reform
NFL Steering Committee Chairs
Mike James (Steering Committee Co-Chair) is currently an active NFL player, drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. His history-making game against the Seattle Seahawks lead him to be officially declared “a force to be reckoned with”. The following week Mike suffered a season-ending injury. Mike soon returned to the sport that he loves. Back on the field, trauma to the body continued, including multiple concussions. Mike began to research natural forms of effective relief for chronic pain, brain injury recovery and cognitive function maintenance. He is now an evangelist for medical cannabis as an alternative to addictive opioids and more harmful medications.
Derrick Morgan (NFL Steering Committee Co-Chair) is a current linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. Derrick has been calling for the NFL to consider the benefits of medical marijuana. Derrick’s cannabis advocacy has been featured by ABC News, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN and USA Today. Follow Derrick on Twitter here. In June 2016, Eugene Monroe and Derrick spoke with Katie Couric about the NFL’s need to reconsider its policy on cannabis.
Eugene Monroe (DFCR Athletics Ambassador and NFL Steering Committee Co-Chair) is a former offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. Eugene retired from the NFL in July 2016, citing concerns over head trauma sustained during his career and the risk of developing neurological problems. He has appeared on ESPN’s Sports Center to discuss responsible marijuana use in the NFL. The VICE series ‘Weediquette’ recently featured Eugene in a full episode dedicated to the NFL. Eugene’s advocacy has been featured by ESPN, Rolling Stone, NBC Sports, USA Today, Fox Sports, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Deadspin. Follow Eugene on Twitter here.
NFL Steering Committee Members
Todd Herremans is an American football offensive guard who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and played there for ten seasons. He played college football at Saginaw Valley State University. Herremans is an advocate for the medical use of cannabis. He has called on the NFL to change its policy towards cannabis, arguing that it can help curtail the abuse of opioids that is prevalent among NFL players.
Lance Johnstone is a former NFL defensive end. His advocacy for player health and safety has been featured by Forbes. As a spokesperson for the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, Lance has participated in a number of charitable events.
Jim McMahon is a former NFL quarterback. He won two Super Bowl rings with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. In this ABC news spot from January 2016, Jim credits cannabis with relieving symptoms associated with severe headaches, depression, memory loss, vision and speech problems. His cannabis advocacy has been featured by Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News. Follow Jim on Twitter here.
Jake Plummer is a former NFL quarterback. His cannabis advocacy has been featured by Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Fox Sports. He has appeared on Fox 31 Denver. Follow Jake on Twitter here.
Marvin Washington is a former defensive end. He is the Co-Founder of IsoSport, a producer of a hemp-based line of high-performance products designed to support the needs of professional and “prosumer” athletes. Marvin’s cannabis advocacy has been featured by USA Today, the New York Daily News, Dope Magazine and Vibe. Follow Marvin on Twitter here.
Boo Williams is a former tight end, who played seven years for the New Orleans Saints. He has worked with many organizations such as Feeding America and the Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2014, Boo founded the Crosby Sports Treatment Program, dedicated to helping former professional athletes suffering from neurocognitive issues. His cannabis advocacy has been featured by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Daily Beast.