Johnny Ray Jolly Jr. (born February 21, 1983) is a former American
football defensive Tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers. He was
drafted in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the
2006 NFL Draft
2006 NFL Draft out
of Texas A&M University.
1 High school
2 College career
3 Professional career
3.1 Green Bay Packers
3.2 NFL statistics
4 Criminal Charges
4.1 Reinstatement and Comeback
During his high school years, Jolly was a three-time all-district
defensive lineman at
Forest Brook High School
Forest Brook High School in Houston, Texas.
Jolly attended Texas A&M University and became a starting
defensive tackle after his breakout 2003 sophomore campaign. In this
season, Jolly totaled his collegiate best 95 tackles along with two
sacks and eight pass deflections. His success in 2003 resulted in
double teams on a weekly basis in his junior and senior seasons.
Although his statistics dropped because of this, Jolly was awarded Big
12 all-conference honors for his final two seasons.
His college career is highlighted by what has come to be known as the
"Jolly Dance", where, during the fourth quarter of a game in which his
Texas A&M team was losing 77-0 to Oklahoma, the Sooners were
attempting to run out the clock and end the game by running dive plays
over and over into the middle of the line of scrimmage. On one such
play, Jolly made a tackle for a loss and briefly celebrated, much to
the chagrin of the television announcers and other spectators.
Green Bay Packers
Jolly was drafted by the
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers in round six, pick 183 of
the 2006 NFL Draft.
During his rookie season, Jolly struggled to get much playing time due
to their deep defensive tackle rotation early in the season, but
managed to get extensive playing time in the final four games of the
2006 season due to injuries of the more experienced players.
However, in his second year with Green Bay, he was promoted to starter
in place of Corey Williams. He excelled at the position until becoming
injured right before a game against the Dallas Cowboys.
GP: games played
COMB: combined tackles
TOTAL: total tackles
AST: assisted tackles
FF: forced fumbles
FR: fumble recoveries
FR YDS: fumble return yards
IR YDS: interception return yards
AVG IR: average interception return
LNG: longest interception return
TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
PD: passes defensed
On July 8, 2008,
Houston police arrested Jolly for possession of at
least 200 grams of codeine, with intent to sell prescription
cough syrup for use in making purple drank, a second-degree felony.
He appeared at court on July 22. He became the first Packer since 2000
to stand trial on a felony charge. Charges against Jolly were
dismissed in a Texas court on July 16, but were refiled shortly after
on December 2009. The dismissal stemmed from police awaiting new
equipment that measures codeine amounts.
On July 16, 2010, with trial (oft-delayed) scheduled for the end of
the month, the NFL officially suspended Jolly "indefinitely." His
agent Dan Thompson had no official comment at the time; however,
Jolly's leading defense attorney, Travis Damian, had filed a report
with new and updated findings which may lead to a possible acquittal
of the "indefinite" league suspension. As a result of being suspended,
he missed out on the Packers
Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl XLV championship season.
On February 11, 2011, Jolly began the process of applying for
reinstatement. He was under contract with the Packers until the end of
the 2011 season.
On March 25, 2011, Jolly was arrested and charged with possession of a
controlled substance with intent to distribute after police allegedly
found 600 grams of codeine in his vehicle. In addition, he was
caught driving a car with a suspended license. Jolly was arrested
and charged again on October 1, for possession of codeine and
tampering with evidence by trying to hide the drug.
On November 17, 2011 Jolly was sentenced to 6 years in prison for
violation of probation in conjunction to his arrest for possession of
narcotics. On May 15, 2012 Jolly was granted early release with a
10-year shock probation.
Reinstatement and Comeback
On February 27, 2013, Jolly was reinstated.
On March 11, 2013, the Packers restructured Jolly's contract to
$715,000. When Jolly was suspended in 2010 for violating the
league’s substance abuse policy, he had been tendered a $2.521
million contract as a restricted free agent. Since that contract
tolled during his suspension, the Packers retained his rights.
Jolly continued his solid pre-season by tipping a pass that led to an
interception and then intercepting a pass against the St. Louis Rams
in a 19-7 win August 17, 2013.
On August 31, 2013, Jolly officially made the Packers 53-man roster,
completing his improbable return to the NFL. Jolly's season was
prematurely ended in December 2013 with a neck injury. Jolly had
surgery in January 2014. According to his agent, Jack Bechta, the
surgery was between the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae. That’s generally less
severe than fusion surgery higher in the neck, which is the one that
led to safety Nick Collins‘ release and had ended tight end
Jermichael Finley’s career.
In May 2014, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said “I’ll say this
about Jermichael and Johnny: First and foremost, I just want them to
be healthy. And then with that, they’re obviously our players and we
have strong interest in. We’ll see what happens after that." 
On June 29, 2014, Jolly was cleared by doctors, but received no known
interest from teams. The Packers publicly stated they "haven't ruled
out bringing him back."  During the preseason and eventual
formation of the 2014 roster, the Packers gravitated toward linemen
who were lighter and more agile than Jolly.
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Johnny Jolly indefinitely, will miss at
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Johnny Jolly sentenced to 6 years in prison -
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