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Morning links: Jim McMahon advocates for medical marijuana; Utah-BYU rivalry already starting for future freshmen

Published: Friday, Jan. 29 2016 9:35 a.m. MST

Former NFL football quarterback Jim McMahon speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Chicago. McMahon spoke of his ongoing battle with dementia that he believe is related to his years of hits he took while playing in the league. McMahon is part of a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco accusing teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health. He led the Chicago Bears to victory in the 1985 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

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Former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon, who spent 15 years in the NFL, is taking a stance in favor of medical marijuana.

In a Chicago Tribune story by Robert McCoppin Thursday, McMahon said the controversial treatment has been the most effective method of helping him deal with the ongoing effects of concussions and other injuries he sustained during his playing days.

"This medical marijuana has been a godsend," he said. "It relieves me of the pain — or thinking about it, anyway."

Utah-BYU rivalry already alive for future football freshmen

Just minutes after he announced his commitment Thursday night to play football for the University of Utah, Terrell Burgess of San Marcos, California, was welcomed to the Utes' rivalry with BYU by a player who hasn't seen the field for the Cougars yet.

In a tweet congratulating Burgess on his commitment, BYU's Troy Warner, who faced Burgess in high school before graduating early and enrolling at the Provo school, added a little note to fan the rivalry's flames.

In response a little while later, a Utah fan posted a video on Twitter of Burgess burning Warner on a play for a touchdown.

Bill Simmons proposes trade ideas for the Utah Jazz, jabs fans

Ever since a piece from ESPN NBA analyst Zach Lowe was published Tuesday suggesting that the Utah Jazz should at least think about trading Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics for what's sure to be a Top 5 pick in June's NBA Draft, discussion concerning the topic has abounded.

Late Thursday night, media personality Bill Simmons, formerly of Grantland and a diehard Celtics fan, proposed on Twitter some trade ideas that would get Hayward to Boston without Danny Ainge and company surrendering the pick.

Along the way, Simmons took some shots at Jazz fans.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.

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