Percy Harvin was never able to fulfill his potential in the NFL due to both injuries he sustained on the field and issues he had off the field.
The former wide receiver says things could have been a lot worse if not for his self-medication.
Harvin opened up about his issues with anxiety during an interview with Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report, and while he was prescribed multiple medications to treat the condition, the only thing that ever worked was weed.
The former Florida star said he smoked weed before every single NFL game in which he played.
“I was at the Mayo Clinic and I had at least seven prescriptions that I was supposed to take from Zoloft and all the other ones I was taking. The only thing that really seemed to work is when I would smoke marijuana,” Harvin said. “There’s not a game I’ve played in that I wasn’t high.
“That’s what I want the world to see today. It’s not a stigma and people only (smoking marijuana) and getting in a whole bunch of trouble. There’s just people living a regular life who have deficiencies or just maybe want to enjoy themselves. It’s a natural way to do so.”
His anxiety got the best of him during that infamous moment before the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos where he confirmed he punched former Seattle Seahawks teammate Golden Tate during media week.
Harvin was upset when Tate told reporters the Seahawks got to the Super Bowl without Harvin and would be just fine whether he played or not.
Harvin later got physical with WR Doug Baldwin when the fight with Tate came up a year later.
He also revealed that he nearly fought Russell Wilson during that same season, ultimately stating his time in Seattle was “the worst years of my life.”