DENVER -- A former Broncos quarterback is auctioning off more than a dozen game-day experiences to fund cannabinoid treatment research for traumatic brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition that has been linked with contact sports such as football.
Jake Plummer will be auctioning off a total of 16 game-day experiences, including: time with Plummer and “surprise VIP guests” from the Broncos; a ticket and pregame field pass to the Broncos’ regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders on Jan. 1; an invitation to a private tailgate party; transportation to and from the game; a “swag bag” with Broncos gear; and an autographed football from a Broncos player, according to Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala.
Plummer is also offering a limited number of tailgate packages for purchase that will include access to the private tailgate party and time with Plummer and his Broncos guests, among other things.
The former Broncos quarterback has been pushing for cannabinoid research for NFL players, and has raised awareness through the "When the Lights Fade" campaign for two studies on CBD’s potential benefits to both active and retired NFL player, Jhabvala writes.
A recent study by Boston University shows 96 percent of former NFL players suffer from CTE, a neurodegenerative disease from repetitive brain trauma that leads to memory loss, dementia and depression.
Although players in Colorado and Washington can legally purchase recreational marijuana, their status in the NFL would be in jeopardy. The NFL lists all marijuana, even hemp oil, as a banned substance.
Bids for Plummer’s tailgate packages can be made through the ROC’s website, at www.theroc.us/gameday.