|Jolly 'Doing Great' Following Spinal Fusion |
Feb 27, 2014
|Looking Back/Ahead: Defensive Line |
We review 2013 with our good, bad, surprise and grade, plus take a look at what's ahead in 2014
Jan 18, 2014
|'Big Brother' Jolly's Presence Will Be Missed |
Johnny Jolly, despite a three-year suspension, has become a key run defender and locker room leader
Dec 20, 2013
|Jolly's Comeback Season in Jeopardy |
"It hurt to lose him. Jolly made plays. He's a leader on the field and off the field," Pickett said
Dec 19, 2013
|Report: Jolly's Season May Be Over |
Dec 19, 2013
|Run Defense Facing Big Test |
Green Bay's run defense, which is No. 5 in NFL, will be short-handed but has gotten lift from Jolly
Oct 11, 2013
|Jolly Making Plays While Shaking Off Rust |
In 2009, Johnny Jolly's last full year in Green Bay, the Packers had the league's best run defense
Sep 29, 2013
|Jolly's Biggest Challenge: Numbers |
Johnny Jolly turned in memorable performance at St. Louis but the Packers' have deep defensive line
Aug 18, 2013
|Jolly Relies on Instincts to Round into Form |
The climb to a roster spot is still steep but what Johnny Jolly has accomplished is remarkable
Aug 16, 2013
|Jolly Helping Those He's Battling |
For the young players who hadn't met Johnny Jolly, they've been surprised to find a good teammate
Aug 11, 2013
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|The defensive lineman was suspended indefinitely by the NFL before the 2010 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Two years earlier, in April 2008, he'd been arrested outside a club in his hometown of Houston for possession of codeine, a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty and was given probation, with the understanding that another misstep would mean significant jail time. |
In October 2010, he was arrested again.
"It was crazy because I knew I needed to chill, but it was like I was getting a thrill out of what I was doing so I was just doing it," Jolly said. "In my heart, I was like, `I need to chill. I'm a football player and I need to take care of myself the other way.' But sometimes you lose focus. You can't get yourself back on track, so God sits you down and puts you back on track. And that's what happened to me.
"I hate that I had to go through that," he added. "But it was a lesson learned."
Sentenced to six years for violating his probation, Jolly found himself behind bars. A man whose job only a few months earlier was to play football and work out now had to find ways to stay in shape in the short free time he was allotted. His teammates had been replaced by murderers, thieves and other convicted felons.
In 2009, when Jolly led the Packers’ defensive linemen in snaps and tackles, he tallied 11 batted passes. That was the most by a Packers defensive lineman since the team began recording that statistic in 1980, and it was four more than the second-best defensive lineman in the NFL.