College football has ended and April is right around the corner. That means you better be getting your taxes done, and Mel Kiper Jr. (never forget the Jr.) must be flouncing his hair in anticipation of the biggest day of the year. That's right, it's NFL draft time, and teams are performing their due diligence before drafting for their future. After doing the team interviews, a disturbing trend has emerged. Read on to find out...
Everyone remembers Randy Moss' stock falling after it was discovered he toked up while he was at Marshall, and we all know what a bust he turned into when he finally made it into the league. The same can be said for Warren Sapp. It's with obvious trepidation that many NFL scouts look towards the draft to improve their team, but they've become leery of all the potheads out there running amok in NCAA Division I-A schools.
There's a widespread belief within the NFL that the 2010 draft represents one of the deepest and most promising pools of collegiate talent in years. But in addition to the vast potential of this year's draft class, numerous NFL personnel evaluators told SI.com they are concerned about the increased number of prospects who have a history of marijuana use in their background, with players often acknowledging a failed drug test for pot in college in interviews with team executives.
Marijuana use means that you will never be a first class athlete. There's no way an athlete could even get high once and expect to become the top in his given profession. You blaze and you're going down in flames (pun intended). Didn't you know that marijuana is also a gateway drug?
Not only will marijuana lead to harder drugs, but getting high probably means you're just not that serious about your sport. NFL executives are rightfully worried, since they are bastions of civil behavior and the best evaluators of talent and character. So when they say '"'Marijuana use is almost epidemic, with more guys having tested positive for marijuana at some point in their college background than I can ever remember,' said a longtime team personnel manager," then you better listen.
Not counting the Sapp and Moss cases, the most recent example of how marijuana destroyed a players talent, is Percy Harvin. Harvin, was rightfully not drafted until the 22nd pick last year because he tested positive for marijuana. It was those crazy Vikings that drafted him too; they never learned after the Moss fiasco. We all know Moss went on to be a terrible disappointment, and Harvin was no different.
When are college football stars going to realize the damage they are doing to their long term NFL prospects every time they even think about marijuana. There's just no way you'll ever achieve anything if smoke pot. Athletes beware!
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