The Pittsburgh Steelers star running back, Le'Veon Bell, has made headlines for admitting to smoking marijuana before games and calling out his former coach on the latest episode of Steel Here, a podcast for Steeler fans.
"Looking back on this, that's what I did. When I was playing football, I smoked, bro. Even before the game, I'll smoke and go out there and run for 150 (yards)."
The confession does not shock many as he was suspended for three games with the Steelers in 2015 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Although he was not charged with possession of marijuana, he was charged with three counts of failure to take three different drug tests.
He did not let this obstacle set him back. Following his suspension, he became a notable running back for the Steelers. He was selected for three all-pro teams and played in three Pro Bowls.
Because of his record, he aims to be the highest paid running back in the NFL. Pittsburgh offered him another contract, but he refused to accept anything less than what he requested. He then switched teams and played for the New York Jets.
“Head coaches make a huge difference. As soon as I get to New York I find that out like the first week ... Bro, the team wasn't that great, don't get me wrong, but I feel like if coach [Mike] Tomlin was coaching that team, we would win nine games at least. It's to the point where [quarterback] Sam Darnold doesn't know the line's protections because he's so confused about our offense because the coach is confusing him.”
After a negative experience with the Jets, Bell has played for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though he has taken up the sport of celebrity boxing, he hopes that the Pittsburgh Steelers will take him back as he wishes to retire from the NFL with his former team.
"I never really officially retired. On the day when I do retire, it's going to be with Pittsburgh. I'm going to try to retire with Pittsburgh. But before I do that, I might be like, 'Hey bro, let me get a couple of carries in the preseason so I can show y'all."
Le'veon Bell has been through many highs and lows, and he is looking forward to the final leg of his career.