NFL Steering Committee Chairs
Mike James 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.
Eugene Monroe is DFCR’s Athletics Ambassador and Co-Chair of the NFL Steering Committee. 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.
Derrick Morgan is Co-Chair of the NFL Steering Committee. 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 and Derrick spoke with Katie Couric about the NFL’s need to reconsider its policy on cannabis.
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.
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.
Kyle Turley is a former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman. He is a lead educator-activist for the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition. VICE recently aired a 4-part series entitled ‘Chasing Strains’ that follows Kyle’s journey through the potential applications of medical marijuana in sports. Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Follow Kyle 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.
Jerry Walters, II joins DFCR as Strategic Consultant to its Doctors and Players for Cannabis Reform campaign. Jerry is a cannabis advocate from Houston, Texas and serves as the Co-Founder/CEO of Oppidan Wellness Inc., a comprehensive hemp-based manufacturer, as well as Chairman of The DOPE Initiative 501(c)(3) which provides minority communities of color (who have been directly affected by the 1980’s “War on Drugs” campaign) with resources for medical screening, healthy nutrition guidance, and overall wellness. A large majority of counties in the United States arrest African Americans at a higher rate than whites, with some having a disparity of greater than 10 to 1. African Americans make up over 65% of the NFL.