Johnny Jolly

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Johnny Jolly
Johnny Jolly 2007.jpg
No. 97     Free Agent
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-02-21) February 21, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 183
Debuted in 2006 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 134
Sacks 3.0
Forced Fumbles 1
Stats at NFL.com

Johnny Ray Jolly, Jr. (born February 21, 1983) is an American football defensive end. He has previously played for the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M University.

High school[edit]

During his high school years, Jolly was a three-time all-district defensive lineman at Forest Brook High School in Houston, Texas.

College career[edit]

Jolly attended Texas A&M University and became a starting defensive tackle after his breakout 2003 sophomore campaign. In this season, Jolly totaled his collegiate best 95 tackles along with two sacks and eight pass deflections. His success in 2003 resulted in double teams on a weekly basis in his Junior and Senior seasons. Although his statistics dropped because of this, Jolly was awarded Big 12 all-conference honors for his final two seasons.

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Jolly was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in round six, pick 183 of the 2006 NFL Draft.

During his rookie season, Jolly struggled to get much playing time due to their deep defensive tackle rotation early in the season, but managed to get extensive playing time in the final four games of the 2006 season due to injuries of the more experienced players.

However, in his second year with Green Bay, he was promoted to starter in place of Corey Williams. He excelled at the position until becoming injured right before a game against the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2006 GB 6 4 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 GB 10 21 13 8 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2008 GB 16 49 36 13 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2009 GB 16 39 24 15 1.0 1 2 0 1 2 2 2 0 10
2013 GB 13 21 11 10 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 61 134 88 46 3.0 1 5 0 1 2 2 2 0 18

[1]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Criminal charges and Comeback[edit]

On July 8, 2008, Houston police arrested Jolly for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine, with intent to sell prescription cough syrup for use in making purple drank,[2] a second-degree felony. He appeared at court on July 22. He became the first Packer since 2000 to stand trial on a felony charge. Charges against Jolly were dismissed in a Texas court on July 16, but were refiled shortly after on December 2009. The dismissal stemmed from police awaiting new equipment that measures codeine amounts.[3]

On July 16, 2010, with trial (oft-delayed) scheduled for the end of the month, the NFL officially suspended Jolly "indefinitely." His agent Dan Thompson had no official comment at the time; however, Jolly's leading defense attorney, Travis Damian, had filed a report with new and updated findings which may lead to a possible acquittal of the "indefinite" league suspension. As a result of being suspended, he missed out on the Packers Super Bowl XLV championship season.[4]

On February 11, 2011, Jolly began the process of applying for reinstatement. He was under contract with the Packers until the end of the 2011 season.[5]

On March 25, 2011, Jolly was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute after police allegedly found 600 grams of codeine in his vehicle.[6] In addition, he was caught driving a car with a suspended license.[7] Jolly was arrested and charged again on October 1, for possession of codeine and tampering with evidence by trying to hide the drug.[8]

On November 17, 2011 Jolly was sentenced to 6 years in prison for violation of probation in conjunction to his arrest for possession of narcotics.[9] On May 15, 2012 Jolly was granted early release with a 10 year shock probation.

On February 27, 2013, Jolly was reinstated.[10]

On March 11, 2013, the Packers restructured Jolly's contract to $715,000. When Jolly was suspended in 2010 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, he had been tendered a $2.521 million contract as a restricted free agent. Since that contract tolled during his suspension, the Packers retained his rights.[11]

Jolly continued his solid pre-season by tipping a pass that led to an interception and then intercepting a pass against the St. Louis Rams in a 19-7 win August 17, 2013. [12]

On August 31, 2013, Jolly officially made the Packers 53-man roster, completing his improbable return to the NFL. [13] Jolly's season was prematurely ended in December 2013 with a neck injury. Jolly had surgery in January 2014. According to his agent, Jack Bechta, the surgery was between the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae. That’s generally less severe than fusion surgery higher in the neck, which is the one that led to safety Nick Collins‘ release and has clouded tight end Jermichael Finley’s future. [14]

In May 2014, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said “I’ll say this about Jermichael and Johnny: First and foremost, I just want them to be healthy,” McCarthy said. “And then with that, they’re obviously our players and we have strong interest in. We’ll see what happens after that." [15]

On June 29, 2014, Jolly was cleared by doctors, but received no known interest from teams. The Packers publicly stated they "haven't ruled out bringing him back." [16] During the pre-season and eventual formation of the roster, the Packers gravitated toward linemen who are lighter and more agile than Jolly. [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johnny Jolly Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Leinwand, Donna (2006-10-18). "DEA warns of soft drink-cough syrup mix". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Jolly faces unclear future". 
  4. ^ "NFL suspends Packers DL Johnny Jolly indefinitely, will miss at least 2010 season.". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "Pack's Jolly applying for second chance after July suspension". NFL.com. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  6. ^ Sports Illustrated Online, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1104/nfl-players-arrested-lockout/content.7.html
  7. ^ "Johnny Jolly again arrested for drugs". Associated Press. March 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ Walker, Don. "Report: Jolly faces new drug charges". JSOnline. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Green Bay Packers' Johnny Jolly sentenced to 6 years in prison - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  10. ^ Gantt, Darin. "Johnny Jolly reinstated by the NFL after serving jail time". ProFootballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  11. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/12/packers-restructure-jollys-deal-an-indication-he-might-stay/
  12. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/80981/johnny-jolly-playing-like-its-2009
  13. ^ http://lombardiave.com/2013/08/31/johnny-jolly-from-titletown-to-nowhere-and-back-again/
  14. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/27/johnny-jolly-had-neck-surgery-last-month/
  15. ^ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Packers-not-closing-door-on-Jermichael-Finley.html
  16. ^ http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3983/johnny-jolly
  17. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000362334/article/johnny-jolly-cleared-by-his-doctors-after-neck-injury