Former NFL Player: Cannabis Was to Me, What Spinach Was to Popeye

Ricky Williams, a former NFL (National Football League) player who won a Heisman Trophy in college and was selected as the first pick in the NFL draft, recently compared his cannabis use to Popeye’s use of spinach, implying that it significantly improved his performance, according to USA Today.

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Ricky Williams (#34 on the left) claims that during his NFL career cannabis was to him what spinach was to Popeye.

The comment came during an interview with Campus Insiders. He was asked if his cannabis use – which led to multiple suspensions during his career in the NFL – slowed him down at all, and if it was an Achilles heel for him.

“I don’t agree that it was an Achilles heel, I kind of think it was more like spinach for Popeye,” he replied.

Williams also made news last month, when a former Miami Dolphins teammate told the press that Williams consumed cannabis before games on multiple occasions.

Williams joined an elite list of NFL running Backs in 2003 when he become one of only several players in the league’s history to rush for over 200 yards in a game.


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