The Best Linebacker in Holland! From 1987 to 1993 Johnny Holland was a tackling machine at inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Holland was a three-year starter at Texas A&M and held the school’s all-time tackling record until 1998. In 1987 the Packers made him their second round draft choice. Following his first season he was selected as the Packers rookie of the year.
Johnny Holland was known for consistent play at primarily the right inside linebacker position along-side another reliable Packer linebacker – Brian Noble. During his impressive career with the Packers Holland posted 100-plus tackles over five consecutive seasons. Additionally he had 9 interceptions and 3.5 sacks.
During the 1992 season Holland herniated a disc in his neck and underwent corrective vertebrae fusion surgery. He returned to the field in 1993 and assisted the Packers in claiming their first playoff berth in 11 years by recording a career high 145 tackles. Following the season it was discovered that he had herniated a second disc. With that Holland hung up his spikes.
Off the field and during his collegiate career Holland was known for his smarts in the class room. After he retired from playing he leveraged his intellect to go on to a successful 16-year coaching career. The Packers provided him his first opportunity as a Defensive Quality Coach from 1995-1997, collecting a ring after the Packers victory in Super Bowl XXXI. In 1998 Holland served as Special Team Coach and 1999 he was Linebackers Coach.
In 2000 Holland went to Seattle and worked in a variety of coaching roles. He also coached in Detroit, Houston and most recently Oakland where he was the Linebackers Coach until being released Dec. 31, 2012.