“Today, I stand before you – changed, empowered and inspired,” he added. “Whether you’re considering fasting, or just looking to change your life, remember: The first day is always the hardest.” Okung — the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks — played 11 seasons in the league. During his professional career, he was a two-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII championship team. Most players in the NFL smoke marijuana, and these days few are being reprimanded for the once frowned upon practice, according to two-time Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce. The 33-year-old Kansas City Chiefs tight end, who was once suspended for an entire season for smoking marijuana at the University of Cincinnati, tells Vanity Fair this week that the league’s recently adjusted drug testing policy has made it easier for players to continue the habit most of the year.
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“If you just stop in the middle of July, you’re fine,” he tells the outlet. “A lot of guys stop a week before and they still pass because everybody’s working out in the heat and sweating their tail off. Nobody’s really getting hit for it anymore.” In 2021, as many states across the country continued legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the NFL announced it was reworking its drug testing policy to refrain from testing players for THC during the offseason. Kelce estimates that anywhere from 50-to-80% of NFL players smoke pot. The eight-time Pro Bowl tight end’s comments to Vanity Fair come a month after running back Le’Veon Bell said on a podcast that he routinely smoked weed before games, according to ESPN. Colorado and Washington state first legalized recreational use in 2012, and dozens of states have since adjusted their laws pertaining to marijuana. As of 2023, recreational marijuana is legal in 23 U.S. states while many other states have at least made it legal for medical use, according to CBS. The drug is still illegal federally, however.