Clinton Portis and Santana Moss have admitted to drinking before games while with the Washington Redskins.
"Prior to the game, on our way, we would take a little shot," Portis told NBC4 in D.C. of himself, Moss and the late Sean Taylor. "Not like going out and getting sloppy wasted. Just adrenaline. You know, you take a shot and you were done with it. Me, Santana and Sean, we did this for a year and a half before anybody knew. We never told anybody. It was just, hey, here's a little sip, bam, that was it."
The players preferred Hennessy. The tradition was born following a claim from Portis that he had one of his best games with the Denver Broncos when he played with a hangover.
"They give you shots [of medication], they give you all these pain meds, they give you all this [stuff]," Portis said. "Me, I didn't take shots. You ask anybody. We needed to get an IV one time; it took me three hours to get an IV bag, because I hate needles. I don't take meds. I don't take shots. That just wasn't me. So in pain or anything else, what did I do? You know what, I've got to play. Get my mind right, take my little sip, and I’m out of here."