Ricky Williams shares old stories of players' marijuana use, says 'things have changed,' per report

Williams believes the league will start using marijuana for player pain management Ricky Williams played in the NFL

 from 1999 to 2011 and the retired running back says during his time in the league he saw many players use marijuana to help with pain.

The conversation around marijuana has changed since he was drafted, as the use of it is now legal in many states. 

Williams -- or Errick Miron, since he recently changed his name -- says players have long been using the drug to pain.

"My rookie year, a Hall of Fame player on the team, he's in the Hall of Fame now, invited me over to his house and he gave me the speech about 

how to take care of yourself in the NFL," Williams said (via USA Today). "And he pulled out some cannabis, crushed it up, split a blunt,

opened it up, put the cannabis in there, took a Vicodin, crushed it up, sprinkled the Vico in there, rolled up the blunt and passed me.

That was a vet, teaching me as a rookie, how to take care of myself in NFL The 45-year-old shared another instance of marijuana being present

in the league when he played, saying, "My last year in the NFL, I was playing for the Ravens. And one point we were

in the playoffs and I was leaving the facility and there were guys coming in with a plate full of 'brownies.' They [were] going to go watch film, so yeah…"

Williams notes that "things have changed a lot" from when he was playing and now that the laws around supportive of players using it to help themselves