Ronnie Hillman was once coached by Snoop Dogg

Ronnie Hillman has been asked about marijuana all week, along with most of his teammates. That's been a catchy storyline for the media here in New York, so it's expected. 

But when you consider that the Denver Broncos running back was once coached by Snoop Dogg, the weed questions are a little more real. 

OK, not really. The toke-happy rapper probably left his dime bags at home when he coaches kids. But it's still a strange connection. Growing up in Long Beach, Calif., Moreno was recruited to play on the rapper's select football team, which he's been coaching since WHEN?

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is a certified coach in California. His youngest son, Cordell Broadus, has been offered a scholarship at USC. So Snoop's done a pretty good job with kids in spite of his background. 

"When you get around kids you definitely have to change up your whole persona," Hillman told me. "He's known for smoking weed and all that stuff, but at the end of the day that's a preference. He's a good guy. He's great in the community and he's been a good example for kids, giving them the opportunity to be in the limelight."

The two are still in touch. When we spoke on Wednesday, Snoop had yet to arrive in New York but they planned on connecting as the weekend neared. 

But it does look as though some of Snoop's antics may have indirectly rubbed off on Hillman, based on the fact he was photographed in a New York stripclub this week, per Barstool:

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