Head’s up to college football players looking to enter the NFL: Put down the bongs.
That wacky tobaccy is peering its high head through the weeds of the NFL combines. This time, it affects two possible first round picks in Kansas Jayhawk’s cornerback Aqib Talib and Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham. Both are juniors for their college teams.
According to this article, Talib admitted to testing positive three times for marijuana while at college.
Manningham, on the other hand, just flat out lied to teams at the combine. We all know Manningham didn’t perform well at the combine, but now we can have the thought in our heads that he blew it because he was stoned off his rocker. Manningham has hired an agent and he came to the NFL pro day with much better test results. Agents usually try to force their clients not to smoke weed.
He also distributed a letter to NFL team officials admitting that he “wasn’t straightforward” during team interviews at the Combine, had failed two drug tests while at the University of Michigan and apologized for any confusion he caused as a result of being “nervous and scared.”
“I don’t use marijuana anymore — and I have passed tests since,” Manningham wrote in the letter. “I know what is at stake for me, and my career. I am learning what it is going to take to be a professional. I am writing this letter because I just want a fair evaluation, and I want to be accountable for my actions. I am willing to be re-interviewed, re-tested, and to undergo any evaluation any team wants me to undergo.”
Both of these guys I have had as Dallas Cowboys in past mock drafts. Although the wacky weed didn’t seem to hurt Nate Newton’s play, I think it has a lot more serious effects on guys who must have fast 40 times and quick hand to eye coordination. I don’t think pot helps with that very much. In fact, science has prove it does not.
Pot smoking and attending college sort of go hand in hand. I am sure these are not the only two players who have lit a bowl in their lifetimes. But with the new NFL czar acting tough on player character, these two kids might be hard pressed to find homes in the NFL as first round picks.
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