(WHDH) — Marijuana remains on the NFL’s list of banned substances, but one former Patriot said he thinks the vast majority of players use it as an alternative treatment.

Recently retired tight end Martellus Bennett said in a Bleacher Report podcast that he believes about 89 percent of active players smoke marijuana as an effective alternative to taking prescription painkillers.

“There are times of the year where your body just hurts so bad, you don’t want to be popping pills all the time,” Bennet said in the podcast. “There are anti-inflammatory drugs you take so long that they start to eat at your liver, kidneys and things like that. A human made that. God made weed.”

Bennett played 10 seasons in the NFL before announcing his retirement last month.

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