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Second chance? Jolly looks to NFL, Packers

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Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 20, 2012
— Johnny Jolly is a free man, says he has been sober for eight months and is now looking for work.

Indefinitely suspended by the NFL, Jolly has applied for reinstatement and is hoping to prove he is a changed man, writes Brad Biggs of the National Football Post. Jolly hasn't played in the NFL since 2009. After multiple arrests for possession of the drug codeine led to Jolly eventually spending six months in jail. Last month, Jolly was released early from his six-month sentence after applying for "shock probation."


He is on probation for the next 10 years.


Now, the 29-year-old is aiming to resume his pro career.


"I know that the NFL doesn't need me," Jolly told Biggs. "I need it way more than it needs me. I really want to be a part of it and I am hoping to go back and show that I am a good reliable citizen that the league and others can depend on and trust."


To stay clean, Jolly said he is taking "regular drug tests" and attending "extensive meetings," the article states. He adds that he is at 332 pounds and would like to lose about 10 pounds. Inmates were allowed to work out two times per day and three times when daylight savings time began, Jolly said.


Green Bay owns Jolly's rights if he is reinstated. Jolly hopes the Packers give him another chance and thinks they would.


"I think they would," he said. "I am dedicated to really make a change in my life and come back and be a positive role model. I think I have a great shot at going back to those guys. They're a great organization. The coaches are very good, the players are good. I know they have supported me 100 percent.


"I want to say that would be a dream come true, but I made it in the NFL before. So, I would say it would be like another dream. It would be a journey and going back to do the things I love and showing everybody you can make mistakes but it's the way you correct the things you've done wrong. I want to make the Packers look good if they want to take me back or not."


Currently, the Packers have two suspended defensive ends on their roster in Anthony Hargrove (eight games) and Mike Neal (four games). Rookies Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels were brought in, but maybe the Packers at least explore this all if Jolly is reinstated. A big "if," sure. But commissioner Roger Goodell has shown a willingness to give troubled players a second chance. The prime example, of course, is Michael Vick. After spending 21 months in jail for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring, Vick was reinstated and now he's the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Maybe Jolly gets a second chance himself. From 2007- 09 with the Packers, Jolly had 74 tackles, two sacks and batted down 16 passes.



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