Johnny Jolly was a formidable lineman for the Packers from 2006-09. Here he snatches the only interception of his career, which came against the Bears in 2009.

Johnny Jolly: Codeine was his ‘only friend’


Former Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly has traveled a tough road the past four years, being arrested three times for possession of codeine … A narcotic he describes as his “only friend” during an interview with ESPN that’s scheduled to air today, Wednesday, Nov. 16.

He had what many thought was a great life – playing four seasons with the Green Bay Packers – but it was his addiction that dragged him to rock bottom where missed the opportunity to be a member of a Super Bowl-winning team last year.

Suspended after his arrests, Jolly didn’t celebrate the Packers’ Super Bowl win. Instead, he said, “I didn’t want to be around anyone. I didn’t want to answer no questions. And so I stayed in the room, just drunk, and watched.”

“My only friend was the codeine, and it kept me numb,” Jolly says in an “Outside the Lines” report by Mark Fainaru-Wada. “It kept me from losing my mind. Me losing football is like me losing a loved one, or a bunch of loved ones, at one time.”

Being suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 2010, Jolly faces a lengthy jail sentence.

For a teaser of Jolly’ interview on ESPN, check below.

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  • Burnspastor

    God I hurt for this young man. All that talent seems wasted. I wish I could help him. This proves success does not solve a persons problems.

  • Burnspastor

    God I hurt for this young man. All that talent seems wasted. I wish I could help him. This proves success does not solve a persons problems.

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    I have to agree with you. That’s what so good about the Packers team this year … They seem to really have strong character.

  • http://lombardiave.com/ lombardiavecom

    I have to agree with you. That’s what so good about the Packers team this year … They seem to really have strong character.

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