Calvin Johnson admits to using illegal substance while playing for Detroit Lions

During his nine seasons with the Detroit Lions, Calvin Johnson posted some eye-popping numbers, which will eventually land him in the Hall of Fame.

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But as we know, Johnson decided to walk away from football at the age of 30, while he admittedly still had some gas left in the tank.

That being said, it is well-documented that Johnson was dealing with plenty of injuries late in his career and he now admits that cannabis was the only thing that got him through.

From Crain’s Detroit Business:

“After those games later in my career, my use would increase because it would be tougher and tougher to get out of bed,” Johnson said. “I don’t miss the pains … the sharp pains. The way things were cascading there, it was my time.”

While Johnson was still playing in the NFL, he would have been suspended for his use of cannabis but that policy has since changed thanks to the league’s new policy.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was passed in March, eliminates suspensions for positive marijuana tests. It also limits the testing period to the first two weeks of training camp and raises the threshold for a positive test from 35 to 150 nanograms of THC.

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