After 3-years of court rooms, incarceration and drug rehab programs, Johnny Jolly
has served his time and now hopes to resume a once promising pro football career.
Jolly returned to the practice field with the Green Bay Packers for the first time on Tuesday as the Packers opened their off-season mandatory minicamp.
Jolly has been through multiple arrests for possession of codeine, a drug that Jolly said he was addicted to. Jolly said he’s clean now and hasn’t touched in 19 months.
The Packers selected Jolly in the 6th round of the 2006 draft. During the first day of minicamp workouts, Jolly took roughly a dozen snaps during team periods and participated in all individual drills.
Jolly is getting a second chance, but it comes at a greatly reduced price. He was set to make more than $2-million this season, but that salary has been reduced to $710,000 if he makes the roster.
Jolly weighed in at 340-pounds during his physical. That’s about 15-pounds heavier than his playing weight.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said he just wants to get Jolly back in a routine. Then it’s a wait & see approach, waiting to see how a player that has been away from the game for three years, will fit back in.