David Irving Hopes For NFL Return

In March of last year, the NFL handed David Irving an indefinite suspension for violations of the substance abuse policy. This week, the defensive lineman took to Instagram to announce that he is in the midst of the reinstatement process. 

In the video, Irving said that he’s encouraged by the NFL’s potential revamp of its policies against marijuana. There’s still a lot to be ironed out in the collective bargaining agreement talks, but it certainly seems like the final version will include reform for weed and other fines against players.

Soon after his ban, Irving announced his retirement from the NFL. The defensive lineman says that it came at the urging of former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

He told me I should just quit, smoke all the weed I want, the team didn’t need me,” Irving told Jori Epstein of USA Today. “I’m a distraction to the team. He views marijuana as a drug, whereas I view it as a medicine. It’s not a good situation.”

At the same time, Irving said that owner Jerry Jones was supportive of him and his efforts to change the NFL’s drug policies. Since his exit from football, Irving has been an advocate for cannabis and it’s pain-mitigating properties.

Irving tallied seven sacks in just eight games in 2017. In 2018, he was limited to just two games.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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15 comments on “David Irving Hopes For NFL Return

  1. Marijuana reform could be a real help for the Cowboys to keep their top performers on the field. The locker room will probably stink to the heavens of ganja though.

  2. ziggy13

    Personally I’m all for marijuana helping players get through the season. The fact is this guy time and time again chose to use it despite knowing the consequences for it. That’s a red flag as far as character goes IMO

    • dmarcus15

      David Irving continues to make poor decisions ever since his days at Iowa State University. He ripped a stop sign out of the ground in front of a cop to be his final straw to get kicked of the team but also had so Domestics and other things that lead to that. I met him once to me seemed like a nice guy just a poor decision maker.

    • BrandonGregory74

      It can be for some. Helps the joints and can help reduce anxiety.

    • Dodgerdawgs

      I take it medicinally for chronic pain so I could reduce the amount of fentanyl and Percocet I had to take so yes weed is medicine

  3. gosodpoodles

    So there is no other resolution for NFL players for joint pain and anxiety other than weed? Lmao. Thugs will be thugs…and the NFL has plenty of them.

    • When the go-to from team doctors is an endless supply of pain pills, weed really is the better choice.

  4. Thronson5

    He actually is signing with the Raiders. Dude just came into my family’s weed shop, pushing his rolling papers that he came out with and dropped the news on everyone there lol

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