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Former Steelers Star Says He Smoked Marijuana Before Playing in NFL Games

Written by Tony Ghaul

Former Steelers All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell revealed earlier this week that he used to smoke marijuana prior to playing in NFL games.

The 31-year-old Bell told the Steel Here podcast:

“Looking back on this, that’s what I did. When I was playing football, I smoked, bro. Even before the games, I’d smoke and I’d go out there and run for 150, two [touchdowns].”

The league’s marijuana pPittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in 2013 and rostered him for the first six years of his career. Policy changed in 2021, Bell’s actions took place while there was still a suspension for any player who breached it.

Bell was suspended for three games ahead of the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after he missed multiple drug tests.

Bell three All-Pro teams and three Pro Bowls in nine seasons in the NFL. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 and played for them for the first six years of his career.

During his time will the Steelers, Bell rushed for a total of 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns while also racking up 2,660 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions.

After his stint in Pittsburgh, Bell would play for the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Photo courtsey of the Pittsburgh Tribune

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