Voices from Johnny Jolly’s Past
Jeffrey Martin of the Houston Chronicle caught up with two coaches from Johnny Jolly’s high school and college years to gather their thoughts regarding Jolly and the purple drank. “They recall a driven Jolly, always with an eye on the NFL, standing out first at Forest Brook High, then at Texas A&M, then with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 2006.”
Ron Holmes, Johnny Jolly’s high school coach at Forest Brook High in the Settegast neighborhood in Houston, Texas, remembers Jolly fondly but hoped Jolly would be able to escape his own past. “The thing about (Settegast) is that there are a lot of downfalls,” said Holmes. “The thing for Johnny to succeed was to get out of that type of environment. Kids don’t understand what you have to do is get out of the environment — just visit and leave.”
Former Texas A&M head football coach, R.C. Slocum, did not comment specifically on his former player, but he did voice his thoughts regarding professional athletes getting themselves into sticky situations. “I’m always disappointed, but I’m never surprised.” Slocum added that he was”pained” by Jolly’s current situation, but he also didn’t defend the young man, “But you’re 27 years old. You know right from wrong.”
It’s unfortunate that Johnny Jolly’s drive to be an NFL star couldn’t steer him clear of his own past. However, if the rumors are true about the number of Jolly’s failed drug tests, it would appear that he has been driving the wrong way down a one-way street for quite some time.