Adios To Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Clark

Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Bears won 40-23. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Clark gets quite a bit of flak from some of us here at Nice Pick Cowher.  The decline in his performance, and his preference to “gossip with the girls” on ESPN’s First Take or SportsCenter rather than stay focused on getting better (what a novel idea) has certainly soured my disposition towards Clark and his future stake with the Steelers.  His mouth has become the centerpiece of his career, and he is primed to show the world that he’s ready to take a seat at the round table of former players turned commentators/’analysts.’  That’s probably about to happen sooner than later after his comments made this past Thursday.

We all knew that someday Clark would reach the end of his career soon.  I figured it would be that no team would want him due to his age and deterioration of performance after being released by the Steelers this offseason.  But, it may turn out that no team will want him based on what he said off the field rather than what he’s done on the field.  Clark makes stupid controversial remarks constantly throughout the year, but his comments on Thursday about alleged marijuana usage throughout the NFL and even on his own Steelers squad are sure to place the cross on the grave that has become his football career.

As Clark sat there with Skippy & Co. on First Take and dove into the drug usage in the NFL, specifically marijuana, I couldn’t help but chuckle.  But, as Clark continued to speak and said, “I know guys on my team who smoke,” the scene quickly turned into one of those gruesome car wrecks on the highway… and I couldn’t help but look.  This wasn’t going to be pretty in the aftermath.

If this were the MLB, Bud Selig would have been standing at the exit door with an unmarked black SUV to escort Clark to some interrogation room for names and dates as soon as ESPN went to commercial.  Alas, Clark only has to deal with Rodger Goodell who has his head so far up his butt in trying to make an absurd amount of money deal with player safety that he appears lax on enforcing drug policies.  Or, at least stricter policies – somehow testing ONLY during OTA’s and training camp just isn’t enough, no?  Having to deal with drugs only distracts from having to deal with helmet to helmet hits – the true scourge in the NFL.  No witch hunts will come from this.  Come on – we’re talking about a league and a commissioner who’s willing to let Ray Lewis take some deer antler juice so that he can return from injury sooner and electrify spectators with his mediocre play and run his bible thumpin’ mouth.  I can tell you they aren’t honestly fretting over some weed.

Regardless of current policy and no backlash from NFL officials from Clark’s remarks, there is no team in this league that will now want Ryan Clark on their roster.  None.  Clark damned himself and his future as a veteran football player when he just about called out his teammates by name for smoking pot.  Being a loud mouth is one thing.  Being a loud mouth who is borderline snitch is something different entirely.  Teams will view him as dangerous in the locker room.  What other team secrets could he reveal?  What Clark did was a big no no.  And, now you can say bye bye.

What I can’t seem to figure out at this point is whether Clark is that dumb to say something like that, or if he is brilliant.  By putting himself out there with a bit of a stance on pot and stating that players (including current teammates) smoke pot during the football season, Clark not only killed his career but from that he’s set up a resurrection as being a hard knocks football analyst.  An insider.  ”Pssst, hey guys, I know stuff.”  ESPN will eat that crap up (I mean, come on, the let Mark Brunell on that netword for cripes sake).  Clark may figure that if there was a strong chance that he wouldn’t get signed by the Steelers or another team, he might as well go down in a blaze of glory, and from the ashes arise as the Phoenix of being a know-it-all pundit for ESPN.  If that was his intentions… well…. Well done, sir. :slow applause:

Just gives me one more reason to steer away from the Bristol network when it comes to football.

Topics: Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Clark

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  • Kimmy

    I honestly hope the world wide leader uses him up like a dirty hooker and gets every last bit of locker room info he’s not supposed to share if he ever wants to be in a locker room again and then hire Ed Reed instead of him. Seriously how much of a total friggin sell out could he possibly be right now?

  • Ryan

    ESPN is the cream of the crop, and when you’re at the top people are going to hate, I didn’t know Steelers turned on their own so quickly. Ryan Clark’s opinion is far more educated than anything written above

    • Kimmy

      If ESPN is the cream of the crop then First Take is the rotted, spoiled crop. They’ve never had an intelligent discussion in the history of that show. Having an “educated” discussion about the benefits of marijuana use over pain killers on First Take is like having a discussion on the benefits of birth control on the Maury Povich show. Besides the fact that Clark blatantly sold out his teammates to make his case on that pathetic show. Why should say, Troy Polamalu have to answer a question on whether or not he smokes pot now that Clark assured that some Steelers do? This wasn’t an educated discussion on marijuana use this was a pathetic attempt by Clark to impress the ESPN brass and keep his name in the headlines.

    • Craig

      Dear God I hope you’re being facetious. Otherwise this comment is as big a joke as ESPN is.

  • bigmikereese

    God dammmmmit……. I’m never gonna get the last 2 minutes of my life back

  • Stanley Turner

    I want to thank Ryan Clark for his time with the Steelers. He has played last game for the black and gold. We share the same disease and when was in his prime I enjoyed his play. However I wouldn’t have said what he said. Wish him well in his next career.

  • Mangler

    Clark has been a great player for the Steelers, but I think his time has come to get on with his life’s work. He really didn’t need to soil the Steelers image by such an admission. We all suspect players smoke pot, but he confirms it. Personally I could care less if they toke or not, but the Ginger dictator may have other thoughts.

  • Shepherd Yerusalem

    Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports.

    TOBACCO – 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) – 150,000+

    ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) – 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) – 1,000 to 10,000

    “LEGAL” DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol – 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE – (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs – 3,800 to 5,200


    (Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana using population as a whole. Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

    • bk

      LOL… zero? really? You can twist numbers and studies around all you want, but, it is a fact that MJ is a dangerous drug that leads to using other more harmful drugs…
      If it is not big deal, let me ask you if you would ride an airliner with a pilot who was stoned, or if you would be OK with the ATC’s smoking up? How about reactor operators? Long term usage causes memory loss.. fact..

      • Shepherd Yerusalem


        Point to a marijuana death that involves nothing but marijuana or shut up.

        I’ll be waiting.

        • bk

          You are a druggie and a moron… It’s like arguing with any other liberal… you can’t do it because of the fact that the liberal is a moron…ie… you…
          btw, I am not anti-pot in anyway, but to say it is harmless and does not lead to other more dangerous drug use is absurd… as is a statement that says MJ has never led to a death… just plain stupid. anyone who knows anything about statistics know it is impossible.

          • Shepherd Yerusalem


            I say again:

            Point to a marijuana death that involves nothing but marijuana or shut up.

            I’ll be waiting.

          • bk

            cant argue with a moron, they drag you down and beat you with experience..

          • Shepherd Yerusalem

            Should be a very simple task for such a dangerous drug.

            I can show you people who have drank to much coffee and died.

            I can show you people who have taken to much heroin and died.

            I can show you people who drank a fifth of booze and died.

            If marijuana is so dangerous… it should be very easy to shut-up a moron “like me” with an example.

            If however you can’t produce said death from marijuana, and nothing but marijuana… I have to ask you.

            Who is the moron?

            I am still waiting… I think you should just be smart…. admit defeat and—- SHUT UP.

          • Craig

            I’m going to ask that both you and Shep take it easy and be a little more resoectful int the comments section. Hate to ban you guys, bit it’s getting a little mean spirited and ridiculous.

  • William Cross

    To be fair, the testing policy was collectively bargained, Goodell can’t change it.

  • Macario Chism

    it’s time for CLARK to go..

  • Eric Huttinger

    Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews was the President of his local NORML chapter at the end of his careen.
    He was a staunch advocate for medical marijuana. He said it was the only way he could deal with the pain caused from playing in the NFL. The NFL would rather have their players addicted to synthetic pain killers because the NFL DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR PLAYERS. Kudos to Ryan for having the courage to call out the NFL on this. Did anyone else notice the only ones bitching here are fans. I haven’t heard one negative word from his teammates, and that is truly all that matters. Real Steelers fans forever.

    PS. I am in year three of my ESPN boycott. Best three years of my life as a sports fan. Try it, you’ll like it.

    • Craig

      Doesn’t matter who is an advocate, who is not. Who’s in favor, who is not. Usage of cannabis is still a criminal act in 34 of the 50 states. Clark is basically coming out and saying that some of his teammates are criminals – that’s why this is such a crap move by Clark. I don’t give kudos to him at all. How would you feel if your coworker were to just start getting up on a soap box and stating how some of his coworkers – some of YOU – are doing illegal activities at work. How would that make you feel regardless of whether you were indeed one of them? Courage? Courage would be do go testify in a grand jury or something or taking a REAL stance on drug use in general in the NFL. What he did was gutless – yes what a fine platform to take a ‘stance’ with Skip Bayless. Ha. What a friggin’ joke.

      Why would players say anything at this point? Only makes further implications for those that decide to speak out. However, I’m sure there will be players that speak out against Clark because I’m sure this will not be a non-issue to the media.

      • Eric Huttinger

        The meek and the timid are the tools of their oppressors. If people never stood up, we would still be making .50 an hour with no rights. And do you really believe no one thought there were Steelers smoking pot before Ryan said that?

        • Craig

          LOL. I really hope you aren’t championing Clark and comparing a guy who makes millions hand over fist just for playing football to people who struggled and struggle for the labor rights that many Americans have today.

          • Eric Huttinger

            Nope. Referring to the fact that you wouldn’t stand up for what was right because you might offend a co-worker. The govt force feeds synthetic drugs down people’s throats while raking in huge profits, meanwhile hiding behind racially motivated laws that keep natural remedies illegal. Google marijuana prohibition ads from the 20′s and see the pics of monkeys portraying jazz musicians smoking weed. Wake up.

          • Kimmy

            You’re off base by assuming anyone who disagrees with what Clark did is behind some kind of agenda and doesn’t stand up for what’s right. Clark didn’t make some grand gesture to stand up for what’s right when it comes to marijuana use. He didn’t present any credible facts or verifiable evidence. He commented that he doesn’t smoke but he knows his teammates do. He did it to become part of the story because that’s what ESPN is paying him to do. Don’t confuse Ryan Clark with someone who is a champion for people’s rights. He’s not spear-heading some kind of movement aside from the movement to further his future ESPN career.

          • Eric Huttinger

            This is why i avoid The Mothership like the plague.

          • Craig

            Kimmy FTW.

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