Johnny Jolly is Staying Out of the Spotlight

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Johnny Jolly

Johnny Jolly

Hey, we haven’t talked about our main man Johnny Jolly making the Green Bay Packers roster yet. Well, that appears to be the way Jolly wants it.

After returning from a three-year suspension that included several arrests, an addiction problem and a stint in the slammer, Jolly looked like a long shot to make the Packers roster this year. That is, until he started tearing it up in the preseason.

Jolly looked like the Johnny Jolly that played for the team in 2009, batting down balls, getting into the backfield and even coming up with an interception. Everybody likes a good comeback story and they got one in Jolly.

Jolly’s agent, Jack Bechta, says his client is ecstatic about making the roster, but he’s going to be staying low key.

“There has been lots of request for Johnny Jolly interviews today and throughout the summer,” said Bechta. “However, Johhny doesn’t want any special attention and knows he still has a long ways to go. Making the team was just one metaphoric step for Johnny.  Everytime I speak with Johhny about football, I make sure that 60 percent of the conversation is about living a healthy and prosperous life and football will come and go faster than he realizes.

“He gets that now and knows it’s a privilege and treats the opportunity with great appreciation. He’s been humble, upbeat and very proud of his sobriety and overcoming his addiction. He’s knows he still has to earn the trust of everyone who is invested in him and is going to do that on and off the field everyday. But for now he would like to stay out of the spotlight and earn his way back in it.”

If Jolly plays like he did during the preseason, that shouldn’t be a problem. The only real question is how much playing time is he going to get?

The Packers are fairly well stocked on the defensive line and Jolly probably isn’t going to be the first guy off the bench. He should get some opportunities, though. The Packers like to rotate their defensive linemen to keep the fresh.

Take advantage of those opportunities and the Packers will have to put you on the field more often.

We will be watching.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

39 Comments on "Johnny Jolly is Staying Out of the Spotlight"

  1. rebelgb

    Although I dont care for Negros, I really am rooting for Johnny. He is a shining example that you can be black and overcome adversity.

    I predict he will come off the bench and tear shit up. Watch and see!

    Go Jolly!!

    • Savage57

      Holy fuck! More racist shit from Klan Boy.

      How does a guy that claims to “not care for Negros” (btw, it’s ‘Negroes’, braintrust) stomach the product that the NFL puts on the field where 70% of the players are black?

      I don’t really care for racist redneck crackers, but I am really rooting that rebelgb gets the shit kicked out of him if he ever has the courage to say his shit to a black man’s face.

  2. He has a very narrow window to set himself up financially – I am going to assume that all of the money he earned before his incarceration was spent on clothing, cars, dope, and women, and he probably just wasted the rest. So he now needs to focus on putting together some kind of portfolio over the next two or three years that will sustain him for the next fifty, because I doubt that there is much he will be able to do once his football career ends.

  3. E. Wolf

    I do not really care for Johnny Jolly as a person. He’s a real dumb Bubba getting busted multiple times for purple drank. He did a disservice to our team by removing himself so foolishly. Think we could have used him in 2011? 2012?
    That said, I am glad he is on the team ONLY BECA– — USE the guy can still play.
    For me this is very much an instance of respecting the uniform, and not necessarily the person. I feel the same way about Jermichael Finley to a much greater degree, who I disdain as a person, and even Clay Matthews to a lesser degree (whose personality strikes me as an arrogant jerk).
    Maybe as time goes on I will come to like him as a person. Right now I want him to do well only because it serves the greater purpose of achieving a dominant defense.

    • Savage57

      At least you don’t care for him “as a person” as opposed to his race, like some of the crackers that post on this board. Additionally, something tells me Clay Matthews could give a flying fuck less what you think of him.

      Like the saying goes, it ain’t bragging if you can do it. And for CM3 that goes to playing football, making bank and more than likely, slinging dick with some premium pussy.

      Might I suggest sawing the legs a little shorter on the pedestal of judgement you view the world from? Reality is, the people you’ve ordained yourself to sit in judgement of don’t know you, don’t care about you or what you think of them.

      Pretty much like all of us.

      • E. Wolf

        Savage, again I think the guy was joking.
        As for CM3, it goes without saying the guy is gifted. He just comes across as arrogant, sorta full of himself. He is the sort of richboy jock who could be a bad guy in some 80s teen movie.
        I would not say my aversion to him rises to the level of dislike, just an awareness that my appreciation for him as a hell of a player probably would not translate into liking him as a person if we were to meet.
        Btw, the Packers did this meet the player via cam. Clay Matthews was one of the guys–it was cringeworthy. One of the guys was a science teacher. CM3 called him a nerd, and the guy somehow lacked any self awareness to show artwork at he he did of clay matthews riding that dog creature from never ending story.
        I actually saw CM3 during my pilgrimage to Lambeau in 2010, at Tony Romos. I was at the bar, and saw him at the front desk. He was cloaked in a hoody, did not want to be bothered by anybody. We made eye contact and he darted off to a booth across the divide. His dad smiled at me as he sat down.
        As for him and women, I can only imagine. Pretty sure he banged that floozy Michelle Beadle.
        The lady at the motel Delta put me up in because of the mechanical failure talked about my sighting of him as she drove me to the airport (she was a somewhat attractive married Wisconsin gal in her 40s. She was shameless in her admiration for the guy, talking about his musculture and all. I asked her if her hubby knew–she said yes.
        I wonder how many women not just in Wisconsin but in the Midwest masturbate furiously while thinking of the guy, or have done so on at least one occasion. Probably in the thousands truth be told.
        Anyway, my comments about Johnny Jolly can be extrapolated to the fan experience with less than pristine players generally. For instance, a lot of Steeler fans say they separate their appreciation for Roethlisberger as a player compared to what they think of him as a person. Obviously since Jolly never hurt anyone it does not rise to that level, and indeed that bifurcation can only go so far. But I think the point carries through nonetheless.
        Who knows, maybe I and others will come to endear Jolly as a person as well as a player. I still think what he did was tremendously stupid, and insofar as we did without his services in 11 and 12, I freely admit my resentment towards him.

        • Savage57

          I just hope that sometimes we remember that for the most part these are guys in there 20’s and that if I had to withstand the scrutiny of the microscope that these guys live with when I was in my 20’s, i’d probably get kicked off the team at best, or at worst locked up.

          I just want them to produce on the football field. They can piss their money away on women, cars, houses and do whatever they want with their time – whatever’s legal. I know that the limelight of success in one endeavor brings fortune and with it the whole role model thing, but that’s part of the reason I discourage my kids from viewing athletes as role models, because for the most part they aren’t. It’s the ‘airline pilot syndrome’ – good at one thing doesn’t equate to good at everything.

          But then they never signed up for that and I question how fair it is for us to expect that of them.

        • Hank Williams Jr. Sr. III

          Wolfina – It’s bad enough that you know nothing about football, but don’t defend some jack ass using racial slurs – even if you think it is a joke.

  4. FITZCORE1252

    “He is the sort of richboy jock who could be a bad guy in some 80s teen movie.”

    Sweep the leg…

  5. PF4L

    Stay out of trouble, stay outa fast food joints, show B J Raji how to get penetration, and tuck in that G D jersey!! Otherwise, Congrats on making the team brother!!

  6. Cheese

    Holy judgmental assholes. Jolly made some mistakes that affected ONLY himself, aside from his family. It’s not like he raped anyone (Rapistburger), or murdered a bunch of animals for profit (Vick). Sure he didn’t play for the Packers when they won the Super Bowl. Obviously they didn’t need him. If you want to sit and complain that he could have helped the defense the past two years then go ahead, but he’s not superman and they have a lot more problems than Jolly alone can fix. He realizes he messed up and is trying to change his life for the better. I applaud him for that. As for Clay, what do you expect? He gets mobbed by people all over the place. Shame on him for wanting to get dinner with his dad. How would you react if some complete stranger was drawing pictures of you riding mythical creatures? I know I would be pretty weirded out.

    • E. Wolf

      Sorry but I do not abide by stupid. It was stupid the first time he did it. The third time?
      He is or was a playmaker, and may have made the difference in either ’11 or ’12.
      As for CM3, I let him be. And in case it was not clear I totally agree with you re that fan and juxtaposing players with Falcor the Luck Dragon. Still not cool to call people nerds (before the painfully awkward moment).

    • Phatgzus

      Concurred, except I’d be stoked to have a picture with Falcor or a Unicorn or a Griffin for that matter.

      • E. Wolf

        He did not want to give CM3 a picture of Falcor or other mythical creature, but asked him what creature he’d like to be riding with, hanging out with, or depicted as, I believe for that fans personal use.
        Even if you think that it is cool, body language and tone should have made it pretty clear Clay would not have any of that.
        I am thinking of excerpting that portion out and putting it on youtube. It is like watching a train wreck in super slo-mo. I still think Clay is a dick for calling a perfect stranger he is meeting as an ambassador of the team a nerd.

        • Cheese

          Yes, Jolly made STUPID mistakes. It’s in the past. Clay was playing around when he called him a nerd, despite it being blatantly true. The dude himself said he was a nerd. If you can’t laugh at yourself that’s your own fault. It was pretty awkward at the end. These are two completely different people. Could he have handled it better? Possibly. Who cares. I think you’re making an issue out of nothing.

          • E. Wolf

            I am just giving an off-the-cuff example of why I am not sure I’d like Clay Matthews as a person if I were to meet him in the process. To be sure, I would like that fan far less.

  7. Kristofer from Oshkosh

    what a bunch of losers on this board. i.e.: i dont care for him as a person, this guy is black, he is arrogant. Why do you people care so much about someones personality or race? All i care about is football. I could care less if this guy is arrogant or whatever else, just as long as they can play the game. All i want is a Packers victory. Maybe start to think about why you care about these things so much, and probably start to realize, its time to grow up and get a life.

    • E. Wolf

      *IF* that guy was being serious (I don’t think he was), don’t conflate my commentary with his.
      I would suggest most Packer fans do care about character of players. We don’t want to be like the Vikings after all.

  8. Kristofer from Oshkosh

    P.S. …continue from previous…
    I guess i can see you caring for things like that, if you are a 12 year old little girl. Now it makes sense to me where you are coming from, because you are a 12 year old little girl and dont know any better.

  9. Kozak

    I think when the only person you hurt was yourself, you deserve a chance at redemption . I’m glad Jolly got it. Now he needs to make the most of it.

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