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Johnny Jolly: Return to the field “an awesome feeling”

Johnny Jolly AP

Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly’s NFL career appeared to be over when he was suspended by the NFL and sent to prison on drug charges. But Jolly is back, says he has turned his life around, and was on the field Friday night for the preseason opener against the Cardinals — his first NFL game since 2009.

Jolly said afterward that it was a thrill to get another chance at football.

I can’t explain the feeling that it was, but it was an awesome feeling,” Jolly said. “It’s been three long years, and now I’m back here. I’m just going to continue to push.”

Jolly did have one regret after the game: He just missed sacking Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton.

“I should’ve had that play,” Jolly said. “I don’t know, man. It was just one of those plays, I should have had it. I missed out on it.”

Jolly is no lock to make the Packers’ 53-man roster, but if he can get into shape he could be a pleasant surprise to the Packers’ defense. And no matter where he goes from here, just by making it back onto an NFL field he has come a lot further than many thought he ever would.

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42 Responses to “Johnny Jolly: Return to the field “an awesome feeling””
  1. jhein23 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:22 PM

    He looked ok last night – still looks out of shape. But a Packers DLine that has all short, squatty guys could use his size that’s for sure. Mike Neal, Mike Daniels just get ran over whenever they play Left End because they are too small so I think Jolly will make the team.

  2. stellarperformance says: Aug 10, 2013 12:25 PM

    Two statements are being made here; 1) the best of luck to Jolly if he can make it, 2) the Packers depth must be weak if he makes it.

  3. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2013 12:28 PM

    tt ‘s way of making it up for turning Jolly into a junkie. Good for JJ. But, TT will cut him in the end.
    Brian Banks has a true story.

  4. buffobeel42 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:39 PM

    Considering he was convicted of trafficking, “continue to push” is probably a poor way to describe your future.

  5. ososrule says: Aug 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    not this clown again….the good ship jolly pop!

  6. contra74 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:50 PM

    Why’d they use a picture of Eddie lacy for this article!?

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    Jolly has been away from the team for 3 years. To put that in perspective, he missed out on humiliating the hapless and tasteless Bears and Vikings twice a year for each year he was in exile. Butt whippings – 6 times – each team!

    Being in jail was bad enough, but missing out on that kind of fun is cruel and unusual punishment.

  8. jkindler429 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:58 PM

    Jolly did just fine for being out for 3 years, the rest of the team needs help 2012 over again poor tackling, no one can cover, reoccurring injury.

  9. northstarnic says: Aug 10, 2013 1:00 PM

    Purple drank!

  10. hammerhead75 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:03 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    Jolly has been away from the team for 3 years. To put that in perspective, he missed out on humiliating the hapless and tasteless Bears and Vikings twice a year for each year he was in exile. Butt whippings – 6 times – each team!

    Being in jail was bad enough, but missing out on that kind of fun is cruel and unusual punishment.
    ___________________________

    Your mother must be a saint. Unlimited patience and unlimited Hot Pockets. Please tell me at the very least you pay rent, or do a few chores.

  11. hatesycophants says: Aug 10, 2013 1:04 PM

    Jolly can save the team money by supplying his own special blend of Gatorade.

  12. chi01town says: Aug 10, 2013 1:11 PM

    Green bay will have that bum on the field against the 49ers. Junkie Jolly has no place in the NFL. but because its green bay Im glad he’s there.

  13. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Aug 10, 2013 1:17 PM

    I am surprised nothing has been said about Ponder’s noodle arm so far.

  14. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Aug 10, 2013 1:19 PM

    Hammerhead, no that would at minimum require him to perform some sort of physical labor, as well as real human contact. Neither of which are something he would be willing to do.

  15. charism4 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:20 PM

    He moved guys around last night. 3rd stringers but he clearly is challenging for a roster spot on a very deep line. A 3-4 team that could keep 8 DL.

    For extra thumbs up: Mark Sanchez is horrible and Tim Tebow is not an NFL caliber QB and you should feel bad if you support either of them as NFL players (quality humans I’m sure).

  16. EJ says: Aug 10, 2013 1:22 PM

    I hope he keeps on track. There is nothing worse than seeing someone de-rail and lose everything, get everything back, only to see them de-rail again. I’d like to see him make the 53 and continue his NFL career. Maybe he can use this experience to school others, including kids. Turn the negative issue to a positive.

  17. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:30 PM

    Welcome back to Jolly. Im a Vikes fan but the NFL needs good stories. Hopefully if he stays clean he can serve as an example to others who may have struggles of their own.

  18. squared80 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    Packers are like any other team, as much as their fans think otherwise. Have a convicted felon? Bring him back to play!

  19. chiadam says: Aug 10, 2013 1:37 PM

    He’s skinnier than most of the women in Green Bay.

  20. jcmeyer10 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:43 PM

    Anyone truly trying to overcome addiction has my support.

  21. tonyc920 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:08 PM

    Message to those who made sick or sarcastic posts. I hope you have a horrible and troubled life. That’s what’s wrong with this society and the internet. You can make sick comments and hide from someone like myself who hopes the man turns his life around. You should be embarrassed. Personally I would enjoy meeting with you in a dark alley and we’ll see how brave you are then. Chumps !

  22. adoombray says: Aug 10, 2013 2:25 PM

    Listen, when you get that deep inside of a situation where he was moving that kind of weight, you don’t just get out instantly. From both his own addiction issues and to the fact that he was probably dealing with very serious people who could hurt him or his family if he didn’t make these serious people a lot of money. A serious distributor never runs the goods himself, and if he’s the one driving the stash car, they were already showing they didn’t give a crap about him.

    I can’t applaud the guy enough for even getting back on that field. By all accounts he got his life together. Koren Robinson got his stuff together in Green Bay too. I appreciate that my team is willing to give a guy a second chance if he really wants one, because if he played for Bob Kraft, they would have cut him and done jersey turn-ins right when the player needed his team the most.

  23. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 10, 2013 2:37 PM

    Can he play left tackle?

  24. imthedudedude says: Aug 10, 2013 2:47 PM

    Good for JJ. He was strong last night, if he can get into conditioning shape he can make an impact. Good luck!

  25. FlashPatterson says: Aug 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    Classless hapless organization.

  26. billbrasky72 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:02 PM

    The “awesome feeling” was probably drug induced.

  27. jkindler429 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:17 PM

    Remember he knocked down 19 passes in his career, no other Packer can claim that, and Mc Carthy remembers that to

  28. msclemons67 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:44 PM

    Unlike a lot of the felons in the NFL, Jolly actually paid the price for his crime. He’s on a clean slate now.

    He’s done his time and if he can make the best of his second chance more power to him.

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:44 PM

    I’m sensing increased levels of frustration and hostility from demoralized Viking fans, as the inevitable reality of another hapless, tasteless season descends upon them.

  30. vikescry1 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Aug 10, 2013 12:28 PM
    tt ‘s way of making it up for turning Jolly into a junkie. Good for JJ. But, TT will cut him in the end.
    Brian Banks has a true story. —————————————————————————————————————————————————– this has to be one of the dumbest statement’s on here yet. the class of viking fans just ooze’s onto this site.

  31. aldante66 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:20 PM

    Based on what I saw from the game, Jolly is a lock. They need someone who knows how to play football.
    Notice the great Mathews was again absent. They obliviously figured out that he was very good when he had a power rush from the other side helping him.
    Now he is easily blocked and another non factor for the defense.

  32. vikescry1 says: Aug 10, 2013 4:21 PM

    tonyc920 says:
    Aug 10, 2013 2:08 PM
    Message to those who made sick or sarcastic posts. I hope you have a horrible and troubled life. That’s what’s wrong with this society and the internet. You can make sick comments and hide from someone like myself who hopes the man turns his life around. You should be embarrassed. Personally I would enjoy meeting with you in a dark alley and we’ll see how brave you are then. Chumps !

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————- don’t sweat the knuckleheads on here tony, you know what they say about internet tough guy’s don’t you? they are the first to run at the site of trouble. that’s why they talk smack on here, it’s helps them deal with the fact that they aren’t a real man. and 2nd good luck to jolly i hope he continue’s to turn it around. our defense hasn’t been the same since we lost him and jenkins.

  33. thepvyharvin says: Aug 10, 2013 4:23 PM

    tonyc920 says:
    Aug 10, 2013 2:08 PM
    Message to those who made sick or sarcastic posts. I hope you have a horrible and troubled life. That’s what’s wrong with this society and the internet. You can make sick comments and hide from someone like myself who hopes the man turns his life around. You should be embarrassed. Personally I would enjoy meeting with you in a dark alley and we’ll see how brave you are then. Chumps !
    —————————————————-
    How hypocritical of you Bony…stick up for the rich druggie and hope all have cursed lives and want to assault them in an alley…hmmm

    Me thinks you must have been turned out at the state prison…let it go Internet tough guy

  34. 7ransponder says: Aug 10, 2013 4:42 PM

    Some of you people who can’t shut up about the Vikings in everything you say are setting yourselves up for some serious criticism if the season doesn’t go the way you seem SO SURE it’s going to go.

    Vikes fans, we’ve been the bearer of teammates who have had a storied past before as well, wanting them to succeed and get over that is something everyone should wish for people in these positions. Redemption is always a great story.

  35. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2013 5:09 PM

    tonyc920, nice threat.
    vikescry is begging for it. literally. he lives in an alley. bum.

  36. ravanator says: Aug 10, 2013 5:13 PM

    This piece of human garbage should not be allowed back in the NFL. All of you dummies defending this jerk, just remember his “product” was sold to young children. Leave it to a classless organization like Green Bay to give this waste of air a job.

  37. beerbratscheese says: Aug 10, 2013 5:35 PM

    ravanator says:
    Aug 10, 2013 5:13 PM
    This piece of human garbage should not be allowed back in the NFL. All of you dummies defending this jerk, just remember his “product” was sold to young children. Leave it to a classless organization like Green Bay to give this waste of air a job.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    At least he didn’t get away with murder like one particular Ravens linebacker.

  38. contra74 says: Aug 10, 2013 6:11 PM

    What next? Bring back Chmura ?

  39. jimmysee says: Aug 10, 2013 6:12 PM

    Getting Johnny out of Houston was a real good move.

    Go Johnny Go!

  40. blackngold4life says: Aug 10, 2013 6:45 PM

    Good story..

  41. axespray says: Aug 11, 2013 1:25 AM

    well… our oline wasn’t dog awful – our running backs could’ve done more, our D could’ve pass rushed better – our backup corners and QBs could’ve played better.

    It was nice to see our Run D actually exists thou, Jolly got some good push up the middle.

  42. yaderheylambeau says: Aug 16, 2013 6:10 PM

    I liked most of what I saw from him. Naturally, he’s got a long way to go. Good luck to Mr. Jolly.

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