During another NFL offseason featuring DUIs, assaults and now first-degree murder, the Green Bay Packers have once again stayed out of the legal spotlight.
On Wednesday, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez became the 27th NFL player to be arrested since the end of the Super Bowl. The Packers have not contributed to that list.
In fact, Green Bay hasn't had a player arrested since Nov. 2011, when former outside linebacker Erik Walden was booked on suspicion of assault. Over that time, 26 NFL franchises have had at least one player arrested, according to the player arrest database at the San Diego Union Tribune.
Overall, 83 separate arrests of NFL players have occurred between Walden's arrest and now.
On a team-by-team basis, only the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers have longer current streaks without a player arrest than Green Bay.
Longest Active Streaks Without Player Arrest
- Houston Texans (last arrest: 6/2009)
- San Diego Chargers (5/2011)
- Buffalo Bills (7/2011)
- Carolina Panthers (11/2011)
- Green Bay Packers (11/2011)
Over the last 14 years, the Packers have dealt with 17 different instances of player arrests. Only seven of those have come since 2008, with Johnny Jolly and his addiction to codeine representing nearly half of the arrests over that time span. Brandon Underwood was arrested on two separate occasions from 2010-11.
Packers Arrests Since 2008
- Erik Walden (11/2011): Suspicion of assault
- Johnny Jolly (10/2011): Possession of codeine
- Brandon Underwood (6/2011): Domestic incident
- Johnny Jolly (3/2011): Possession of codeine
- Brandon Underwood (6/2010): Sexual assault
- Spencer Havner (3/2010): DUI
- Johnny Jolly (7/2008): Possession of codeine
Under general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have committed to finding quality people who are also talented football players. Those values are reflected in the franchise's recent avoidance of the court room, a feat that is becoming more and more rare in the NFL.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.