Ayanbadejo: Teammates used marijuana during Super Bowl week

Brendon Ayanbadejo says teammates were smoking marijuana days before the Big Game. (USATSI)
Brendon Ayanbadejo says teammates were smoking marijuana days before the Big Game. (USATSI)

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Former NFL linebacker and special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo played in two Super Bowls with the Bears and Ravens. And in a recent FOX Sports podcast with former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, Ayanbadejo said some teammates were smoking marijuana in the days leading up to one of those Super Bowls.

Ayanbadejo, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens last season and was with the Bears when they lost to the Colts in 2006, didn't offer specifics about the team or the players.

"I'm not going to say which Super Bowl it was but I just remember getting off the elevator one night -- it was early on in the week, just to start the week off -- and all of the sudden I just got hit over the head with fumes of marijuana on the entire floor of the hotel that the team was staying on," Ayanbadejo said. "I could just imagine there were a few young guys just toking it up in more than one room. I was like, 'Man this is the week of the Super Bowl and you're just going in?'

"So then I was looking around, and I'm like 'OK, where is the security?' I looked and for some reason we didn't have regular police -- coach was smart enough to have rent-a-cops on our floor instead of regular police like we usually do. I scratched my head but I was like, 'OK, uh, that's a good thing 'cause . . .' that's it. That's all I've got to say about that."

Honestly, the only issue we have with this is if coaches told players not to drink alcohol in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, either. Otherwise, what's the difference? Especially for the Super Bowl XLVIII participants, where marijuana is legal in both Colorado and Washington.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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