Chris Long reveals longtime marijuana use, how he beat NFL drug tests

NFL Honors 2019: Eagles DE Chris Long named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Less than 72 hours into his retirement from the NFL, Chris Long revealed a secret, saying he smoked his “fair share” of marijuana during his 11-year career.

And he said the NFL’s testing for the banned drug was easy to beat.

Long, who announced his retirement via Twitter on Saturday, appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday and talked about how marijuana helped him in his career.

“I’m not a dry snitch, I’m not going to put a percentage on how much the league smokes, but I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis throughout my career,” Long said. “If not for that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stresses of the day-to-day NFL life.”

How did Long beat the NFL’s drug test? Simple. He noted the league only tests for the drug once a year, on a predetermined date. So players could just quit before the test to clear the drug out of their body.

“In that month or two that you stop, you’re going to reach for the sleeping pills, you’re going to reach for the pain-killers and you’re going to reach for the bottle a little bit more,” Long said. “If you’re serious about players not using, you’d be testing more often. I hope they go the opposite direction and just kind of realize how arbitrary that one test is.”

Long, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, finished with 70 career sacks and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2017 and Eagles in 2018. He is a former Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner.

“Cheers. Been a hell of a journey,” Long tweeted Saturday. “Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. Highs and lows. I’ve seen them both and I appreciate the perspective. Gratitude and love to those who lifted me up.”