TEXAS: UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis sentenced Sam Hurd to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking. He was facing 10 years to life.
The tale of disgraced NFL star Sam Hurd is undeniably tragic. The former Dallas Cowboy will pay dearly (if not unfairly) for his transgressions when he is sentenced for his alleged role in a massive drug trafficking scheme.
But could there be a window to the Cowboys’ tortured souls somewhere in this hazy, hypnotic storyline?
Hurd, who played for the Cowboys from 2006 to 2010, claims he regularly smoked marijuana with 20 to 25 teammates in Dallas. During that time frame, the Cowboys made the playoffs three times and had a combined record of 48-32.
Hurd estimates about half of the NFL gets high during the season. The reasons for lighting up mimic the rest of society: diffusing stress, inducing relaxation and dealing with pain. Though illegal in 48 states, pot appears to be a pretty decent predictor of NFL success.
Since Hurd left the Cowboys in 2011, Dallas has yet to make the playoffs or even produce a winning season. In fact, Hurd’s marijuana-fueled stint in Dallas represents the team’s most successful run since the ’90s.