Tunsil Turns Embarrassing Draft Moment into Charitable NFT

    • The Texans' offensive lineman will donate some of the proceeds to the Last Prisoner Project.
    • His original post on the eve of the 2016 NFL Draft negatively affected his stock among scouts.

Houston Texans offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil has repurposed an embarrassing moment into one that could help change lives. 

Tunsil has minted a one-of-one NFT of his “infamous gas mask video” from the 2016 NFL Draft — and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit mission dedicated to criminal justice reform for cannabis-related offenses.

The two-time Pro Bowl tackle — selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th overall pick — had posted a video of him smoking marijuana through a gas mask on his personal Twitter account just prior to the start of the draft. Initially projected as a top pick, Tunsil saw his stock fall. 

“Probably one of the worst feelings I ever experienced in my life,” Tunsil told Complex. “I don’t wish that situation, that experience on nobody else.”

The former Ole Miss Rebel attributed the release of the video to a hack of his account.

The 27-year-old has since rebounded from that moment. Tunsil was eventually traded to the Texans in 2019 in a deal that included two first-round picks, then negotiated his own contract — a three-year, $66 million extension including $50 million in guaranteed money.