Former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms, now a football analyst with Bleacher Report, said on his podcast Tuesday that he lost four game checks as a result of a failed drug test while he was with the Bucs.
"It's miserable," Simms said of his memories of NFL drug testing. "You can be tested up to three times a week, I believe … 10 times a month they can test you. You're definitely getting once a week. They're going to throw curveballs at you and some weeks you might get two, maybe even three in a week, maybe three days in a row."
Simms, now 37, didn't play a ton in the NFL — he started the final 10 games of the 2005 season for the Bucs, but otherwise had two touchdown passes in parts of six other NFL seasons. He shared a story of him losing four game checks while on his rookie contract (2003-05) with the Bucs.
"One year in Tampa Bay, I was in the drug program and I took a chance," Simms said. "I got home from a preseason game and the guys were hanging out, and I was like 'Damn, man, that looks fun.' I took a few hits and I ended up getting in the program again. I lost four game checks."
Simms has been connected to marijuana before — he was arrested in 2010 in New York, accused of driving while high on marijuana with his eight-months-pregnant wife in the passenger seat. He was acquitted in 2011.
Simms was candid in saying that his experience with the NFL drug program didn't have the intended effect on him in stopping his drug use.
"Obviously, I did not learn my lesson completely there," he said. "I'm a little bit stubborn that way."