Sam Hurd displayed potential to be a solid NFL wide receiver by day, and was a star drug kingpin by night.
Hurd’s six year NFL career came to a screeching halt when a supposed lunch with Mexican drug dealers turned into a an FBI sting.
The former Bears wide receiver was subsequently arrested and now is facing life in prison without parole, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic narcotics.
During an interview with TheMMQB, Hurd who is in a federal detenion center in Seagoville, Texas, said that “he would smoke marijuana all day every day,” and “even supplied to 20-25 guys on the Cowboys, and other around the NFL.’
Among the few things not in dispute as his sentencing approaches is that Sam Hurd played for the Cowboys from 2006 through ’10 and for the Bears in ’11. For the last three or four years of his NFL career he smoked high-grade California marijuana “all day, every day, and I didn’t want to hear anyone trying to tell me I had a problem,” he says.
“Whatever was considered the loudest weed in California—I wanted a notch above that,” Hurd explains in a white cinder-block interview room in Seagoville, with only a hint of the pride he used to express on the subject. “I had educated myself on different strains and potencies and growing techniques. I was very selective. It was like wine.”
Most of the marijuana Hurd had shipped in from California, he says, he smoked himself or shared at cost with friends, including 20 to 25 teammates spanning his five years with the Cowboys. A two-year federal investigation into Hurd’s activities conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division has produced no evidence that Hurd made a profit selling this marijuana. “I was what you call love,” he explains, using the slang for those who provide marijuana to friends without keeping score. “I’m in the NFL, and I’m gonna ask people for a few hundred dollars on top of what I paid for it? Nah. Slide me what I got it for and take it. Enjoy it.”
As was reported earlier, government officials are describing Hurd as a kingpin, and court documents state that Had Hurd not gotten caught, “he would have been responsible for pouring 50 kilos per week, or in exact measurement, nearly three tons of cocaine onto Chicago’s streets each year.”