How Many Players are Drinking Before Games?

Bleacher Report– Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis said he would drink a shot of Hennessy cognac before games with teammates Santana Moss and Sean Taylor.

This is the second story in the past month that has come out involving NFL plyayers drinking before a game, the first being Josh Gordon’s interview with GQ.– A bunch of guys smoke weed before the game. But we’re not talking about them.

I would have these little pre-made shots. I used to love Grand Marnier. I could drink it down smooth. I could usually drink a lot of it. But if it wasn’t that, it might be a whiskey or something. And I would drink probably like half a glass, or a couple shots to try and warm my system up, basically. To get the motor running. That’s what I would do for games.

What these stories bring to question is how many guys are playing in the NFL while under the influence of some kind of substance. If there are now multiple stories about players doing this, how many other stories are actually out there. Gordon clearly says that he was not the only player who was playing high or drunk. And Portis wasn’t the only one taking shots of Hennessy, it was also Santa Moss and Sean Taylor.

The biggest question is what are these players really using these substances for. It sounds like Portis, Moss and Taylor were just using it as a ritual to get hyped up for the game, and possibly gain some adrenaline. While Gordon might have had a bit more to drink, but still says that he was using it to warm his system up. I would have thought that it might likely be used to numb the senses a little bit more, in order to reduce the pain they feel during a game.

It will be interesting to see if there are any more players that come out with stories similar to what Gordon and Portis said, but used the substances for a different reason.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s