HOUSTON (AP) — Kyle Turley will gladly run down the list of chronic ailments he has because of football.
Might want to grab a seat.
This is gonna take a while.
“I’ve got a plate and 10 screws in my right ankle. I’ve got two broken toes on my left foot. I need two new knees from other surgeries as well. I need a new back surgery and fusion. I’ve got bone on bone in my shoulders, and my neck’s giving out. I just got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. All kinds of fun stuff,” said Turley, a two-time Pro Bowler who spent a decade in the NFL.
Now, he has something else.
All because of marijuana.
While America was prepping its grills and ovens for Sunday’s national holiday known as the Super Bowl, Turley and a small group of former players were in Houston this week stirring their own pot.
“Cannabis saved my life,” the 41-year-old Turley said. “I believe cannabis can save football.”
They want the NFL to drop marijuana from its listed of banned substances, a step that is long overdue to keep players from being needlessly fined and suspended for a recreational pursuit that is certainly no more dangerous than drinking alcoho l.
Even more important, they’re pushing the league to really get serious about allowing cannabis-based treatments to help players cope with all their aches — especially if it keeps them away from the scourge of powerfully addictive opioids, a far more troubling issue that results in tens of thousands of overdose deaths each year, including Prince, the artist who performed the greatest Super Bowl halftime show of them all.
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