Matt Ryan figures he has two goals 鈥?win as many Super Bowls as possible and earn as much as possible. He鈥檚 still waiting on the first Super Bowl title, but the Falcons quarterback is set for life after signing a five-year, $150 million contract that makes him the league鈥檚 highest-paid player.
I鈥檓 going to do everything that I can to try and help this city and this organization win a championship, Ryan said. That鈥檚 been my mindset since I was drafted here in 2008. I鈥檝e been working hard at it for 10 years, and I鈥檓 going to continue to work at as long as I play here.
James told NJ.com that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told him that marijuana would be a safer alternative, and he found that it was. Now he鈥檚 an advocate for medical marijuana 鈥?even as the NFL tells him he鈥檚 not allowed to use it and play in the league.
I am hopeful that I鈥檒l be able to keep playing football, James said. It is a game that I love very dearly. I know right now I鈥檓 doing something that makes some people uncomfortable, and that I鈥檓 going against the establishment to push for a change in the way they look at this medicine. I know there鈥檚 a greater purpose here for a lot of guys in this league who I consider family members.
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The NFL and other sports leagues sometimes allow athletes to use otherwise banned substances if they receive therapeutic use Brian Cushing Authentic Jersey exemptions for substances that have legitimate medical uses. But when James applied for a therapeutic use exemption to allow him to use marijuana, the NFL turned him down. Although James is not currently under contract to an NFL team, free agents remain subject to the league鈥檚 random drug testing.
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