First of all, I want to go on record saying that I have never used, nor do I ever intend to use illegal drugs. This article is meant only as satire on this day (April 20th), which has become notoriously associated with the use of marijuana. By no means am I condoning or glamorizing the use of illegal substances.
With all of the money that professional athletes make, indulgence obviously comes with the territory.
Marijuana has long been a banned substance of choice for NFL players.
I think that many Americans could admit to smoking weed at some point in their life.
I'm sure that's true for NFL players as well.
Some players, however, have risen above the rest as the top stoners in NFL history.
In the 1995 draft, Warren Sapp fell out of the top five, where he was projected to be taken. He was eventually selected with the 12th pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The difference in contract value between a fifth pick and a 12th pick is enormous.
Why this drop off for Sapp you ask? He was smokin' the ganja.
Sapp, went on to win a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay and earned seven Pro Bowl honors (six times he was voted an All-Pro).
He has also won NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1999) and made the All NFL 1990s and 2000s teams.
Sapp is not only an All-Pro, but because of his infamous use of Marijuana, an All-Bro as well.
Randy Moss debuted for the Vikings in 1998. He was passed on by many NFL teams because of his alleged use of Marijuana. The Vikings, however, could not pass up on Moss' talent.
Moss won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1998. He has been a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro Selection, and he made the NFL's All-Decade, 2000s team.
Moss' character issues, however, have not subsided. He is now with his fifth team and likely once again on his way out.
Though he is not the smoothest with the law, his game has been straight cash, homie.
Michael Vick has not only publicly admitted to using marijuana, he was indicted for funding and operating a dog fighting ring out of his home in Virginia. In 2004, when Vick signed a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons, he allegedly used the money from his signing bonus to fund the entire operation.
Vick was suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for breaching the terms of the leagues personal conduct policy.
Since his return to the league, Vick has played very well for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2010, Vick won the NFL Award for Comeback Player of the Year.
Throughout his career, Vick has been a great player. He is a four-time Pro Bowler, won the Ed Block Courage Award (2009), Won an ESPY for being the Best NFL Player (2003), won the Galloping Gobbler Award on Thanksgiving of 2005, and finished in the top five for the Heisman Trophy twice in college.
Vick has not been in trouble with the law since his arrest for dog fighting, but his ties to marijuana and other illegal activity were enough to land him on this 4/20 list.
Michael Irvin is most well known alongside fellow Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith as the "triplets" that won three Super Bowls for Dallas. Irvin's nickname, "the playmaker" was earned in college while he was known for making clutch plays for the Miami Hurricanes.
Irvin is also known for his legal troubles. In 1996, he was arrested for possession of cocaine. He was suspended for the first five games of the 1996 season. After that absence, the Cowboys weren't really able to recover. Since his retirement in 1999, Irvin has been arrested three times, each time for either the possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
These arrests led Irvin to be dropped from ESPN's NFL Countdown, but he eventually returned.
Irvin had a very successful playing career. He is a three-time Super Bowl Champion, a Super Bowl MVP, a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time All Pro, an NFL Hall of Fame inductee, and is a member of the NFL 1990s All Decade Team.
It's a little ironic that Irvin never served any hard time for his multiple arrests, and yet he plays a convict in the 2005 film "The Longest Yard."
Whether he's makin' plays or smokin J's, Michael Irvin is more than deserving of making this 4/20 list.
Where would this list be without Ricky Williams?
The "Texas Tornado" won the Heisman Trophy in 1998 and was drafted by Mike Ditka and the New Orleans Saints. While there, he had two 1000-yard seasons before he started his first stint with the Miami Dolphins.
Ricky is noted as being a shy person by many of his teammates. He was diagnosed with clinical depression and social anxiety disorder. For this reason, many claim, Ricky has turned to marijuana for help. Between 2003 and 2004, Ricky tested positive for marijuana three separate times. He eventually announced his retirement from the NFL because he was continually punished for using the banned drug.
Essentially, Ricky Williams stopped playing football so that he could smoke more weed. Do you need any more convincing?
More recently, Williams has returned to the NFL and quit with the banned substance. He now plays for the Miami Dolphins once again, where he splits carries with Ronnie Brown.
Williams has won virtually every possible collegiate award applicable for a running back. He is a Pro Bowler, a Pro Bowl MVP, and a one-time All-Pro selection.
Ricky Williams is not only an incredibly talented football player, but his love for marijuana has landed him a clear cut above all other stoners on this list for the greatest dope smokers in NFL history.