Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly’s NFL career appeared to be over when he was suspended by the NFL and sent to prison on drug charges. Out of the game since 2009, Jolly faced an uphill battle upon his release being away from football for so long and needing anyone to give him a second chance just to show his worth.
Jolly decided to turn his life around in prison, got another shot with Green Bay, and made his redeeming return to the National Football League on Friday when he played against the Arizona Cardinals, his first NFL action since 2009.
Jolly nearly gave himself a moment to remember in his return, narrowly missing Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton for what would have been his first sack in his return to football. Still, even with the missed sack, Jolly fit his last name postgame after returning to football for the first time.
“I can’t explain the feeling that it was, but it was an awesome feeling,” Jolly said to ProFootballTalk. “It’s been three long years, and now I’m back here. I’m just going to continue to push.”