The NFL’s most interesting man, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, recently say down with the world’s biggest podcast host, Joe Rogan, and you already knew it was gonna be packed with some tasty quotes.
Joe and Aaron are friends, and when Aaron became public enemy number one during last year’s, vaccine debacle, he even admitted to using Joe’s regimen to treat his symptoms.
But speaking of things he took, he also revealed that he had played on Percocet before during a wider conversation about the NFL’s “ass backwards” treatment policies.
“The pain management, especially with our sport, is fascinating to see how things are ‘treated.’ I use quotations on treated because, up until probably a decade ago, it was easily accessible to get oxy, Percocet, Vicodin, whatever you wanted… you played on.
I played on Percocet. It was more for pain management, so I wasn’t taking any high dosage, but stupid, ultimately.
Here’s the thing: I had knee issues for a long time, and you take anti-inflammatories. You’re taking anti-inflammatories, they all come with a warning: If you take this more than a few weeks, you’ve gotta get your blood tested because it can do damage to your liver.
There are so many things you can take now, anti-inflammatory things, that are natural, that don’t cause damage to your body.”
It’s no secret that the NFL has historically been very opposed to the used of THC, CBD, and many other natural substances that can help players manage pain.
Hell, marijuana probably cost Ricky Williams and Josh Gordon their careers.
The league has since changed the policy in 2020, but it’s pretty laughable to think team doctors were handing players high powered, addictive painkillers and that you’d be suspended for smoking a joint.
“It’s ass backwards, the whole treatment of professional athletes… definitely in our sport, that we’re still giving out that stuff.”