Former Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Franco Harris says he’s doing just fine mentally and physically at the age of 67 – somewhat of a rarity when all we hear these days is about former players feeling serious effects after playing years in the NFL.
But Harris looks to be the exception, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Even during my playing days, I really didn’t have to do anything with pain management,” Harris said. “I’ve never had any long-term pain. I’ve been pretty lucky all the way back to high school. I’m even more amazed that at 67 I’m not dealing with more issues.”
But if, and likely when he starts feeling pain, he’d rather turn to Marijuana, now legal in Pittsburgh for medicinal purposes, than messing around with dangerous opioids.
“I will tell you this, if it ever comes to a point where I do need pain management, I’d feel very lucky and happy now that we have medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania… The NFL is reviewing its position on medical marijuana,” he said. “They’re really reviewing their whole pain management regimen and how those things are handled, but if you don’t mind me giving you my personal feeling, I feel in any state that has approved medical marijuana, the league should remove medical marijuana from being a banned substance. I feel that recreational marijuana should be a banned substance in the NFL, but medical marijuana has a different composition.”