I am not going to disclose his name for HIPAA privacy reasons, but an Ex Patriot who played LB and was on the SB team that beat the rams is a patient of my medical marijuana collective here in Los Angeles, but not for recreational use, for serious pain management. He proudly wears his SB ring and the ring is just amazing. He is a totally chill and really nice guy as well.
On life after football and pain management many endure: The reason he comes to my shop is for serious pain management. He switched to cannabis a year or two ago (he retired I think like 5 years ago) on a recommendation from his doctor because he didn't want all the BS pain killers and pills that get prescribed for pain anymore. We sat and talked for like 30 minutes yesterday as I was showing him some new things that really don't create a high, and keep you clear headed and just take away pain (the stuff my cancer patients come for). Its amazing to hear the pain these guys endure after their career. I think its really under estimated how much punishment these guys take and what they sacrifice physically for their lives after football.
He hates the zombie like state and how bad his body feels when using all these pain killers the doctors use, and was telling me how many players he knows become dependent on them and then those cause major organ problems like in the liver and kidneys and they often also battle depression and addiction because of them too. I have a lot of high CBD items (low in THC, but high in CBD so you dont realy get a high effect and its great for pain management) so thats why he comes to me as I am one of the few that also carries a lot of high CBD items.
Having the opportunity to talk to someone like him once their career is over as well as few other current and ex NFL players I know makes you realize that all the steps the NFL is taking trying to make the game safer is more justified than I think many fans understand. Many feel its bad for the game with all the protection rules, but when you really get to understand what its like for them after football you really get a sense as to why they are trying to make the game safer. And he is only in his mid 30's, so he has a long life ahead of him to deal with it.
On his time with the Patriots: He said Bill Belichick is just on a different level than any other coach he played for, and he played for a couple of other really good ones. He said he would think he would be the first one at the facility and then he would realize Belichick pretty much slept there and was already working. He said he was by far the best football mind he ever got to play for and was a guy players give their all for all the time. No other coach he said that he played for put as much time and preparation in as Bill or maximized talent the way he did. He wasn't on the future SB teams, just the one, but said that year that team was the most unselfish and united team of anyone he played on in his 10 year career. I think he was with the pats for 3 seasons.
FWIW...he said he always liked Buffalo, and him and I share the same hatred for the Jets, and like me, mostly because of Jets fans lol. The best part was that he said he also hated the Eagles because of the fans, and one of my guys there is from Philly and a major Eagles fan, so we all got a good laugh about that. The two of them get along great though lol
Edited by Alphadawg7, 13 February 2013 - 08:10 PM.