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.