Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly is very grateful for having a second chance in the NFL after battling an addiction to codeine, which he claims he hasn’t done in 19 months.
“I feel great. It’s a blessing to have a second chance,” Jolly said, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I take my hat off to the Packers. That showed a lot, them accepting me after everything I had been through.”
Jolly served a suspension by the league, spent eight to nine months in prison, endured his probation and has undergone drug and addiction treatment. He said he hasn’t had codeine in 19 months.
“I’m blessed to be here,” he said.
Jolly knew the Packers would welcome him back.
“I worried about that. I thought about that, I guess that’s human nature,” said Jolly. “But I always said that the Packers would take me back. I prayed for it and it happened. This is only organization I’ve been around. I mean, I’m blessed. I am at a loss for words.”