Here's a preview of what is sure to be a powerful piece airing this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN's Outside the Lines:
Addiction can be so nasty...I hope he gets the help he needs. Good luck Mr. Jolly!
Sounds like the person Jolly hurt the most was himself(and mom). Maybe, with luck he can get it turned around and play in the NFL again. He's 28 now so if he can pull it together he could have a few good years. I felt he was our best D-lineman the last year he actually was on the field. Seems to love playing football, so that may be the impetuous he needs to straighten out.
I'm gonna settle in with a tall glass of sizzurp and check it out.
Same old song,same old story,just insert new photo and hit replay.
This is sad. It doesn't mean that Jolly's not responsible for his own actions. But it's sad to see him throw his life down the drain for a chemical.
If you ask me, I don't think he wanted to. Addiction is a powerful thing. I'm not certain that those of us without abuse issues can adequately understand those who do.
Get well JJ.
Any simple man can judge.
It shows a deeper character in a man when he is able to exercise discernment and develop empathy toward his fellow humans.
No person in their "right" mind would knowingly sabotage their own dreams. This is deeper than football and I for one wish success for Johnny Jolly in his life journey.
As much as I've mocked him, that made me feel bad for him. I hope he can get the help he needs so he can put his life back together.
It's one thing to see the litany of mistakes and bad decisions, but it's whole different matter to explore what really went wrong.
It's very easy for many (including myself) to assume that this was just simple, collosal stupidity, but it's clear right away there's more to it than that. I don't think most of us can imagine what it would be like to have had our parents addicted to crack and to have grown up in the type of environment that fosters.
It's much easier to stumble off a road like that, even when it looks like you've made it.
It's a tough clip to watch, it's emotional.
Being a recovering addict/alcoholic myself, I can relate to Mr Jolly, and his mother. Everyone in the US and abroad, is affected by an addiction, wether it be their own, or someone there in contact with. With the history of Johnny's parents, it's somewhat obvious that he has a predisposition, to become addicted. I see a young boy, in a mans body. I hope someone believes in him. I hope he gets help, and gets some "clean time". He can still be a contributor, to any team, wether it be a starter, or in rotation. I hope this becomes an success story. A lot of people gave up on others, when there down. If we think back.... There's been a few famous "in recovery" athletes who went on to have great careers. With Hope, Help, And Humility, Get well "Johnny"! We nned you. Sincerly, Joe S.
It's ironic, to think, if we were at a Packer game, and Johnny didn't get up.........after a sack, we'd all hold our breath, and applaud and pray as he's carted off the field. We owe Johnny nothing, he owes us. Let's give him a chance. Let's support his efforts, to get well. He's a Packer. One of us. If you watched the clip, I don't know how anyone can't see a beat down young boy, trapped in a mans body. Emotionally and physically abandoned by his father, Raised by a recovering "crack addict". Peer pressure abroad. Given a lot of money, to someone who's never had it,(Now behave normal) LOL
No, this isn't the epic "Blind Side" movie. There can still be a happy ending. And, if Johnny gets well, he can contribute to other people. Players, friends and family. He's not the only one. Some, don't get caught. I don't no anyone, that would conciously run away from a "Superbowl Ring" or stack of "Money" unless there was something wrong with them.
I hear the passion in his voice, his dream, to make his Momma proud. I like movies where someone over comes adversity!
I sense a "Willingness" in Johnny, to get well. And thats the 'key ingrediant'.
Good Luck, Johnny Hope to see you in the Green and Gold contributing "On" and "Off" the field. Let Hope Live.
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