Johnny Jolly doesn't believe his sobriety is dependent on football, though he's definitely glad to have the game in his life again.
''I wouldn't say that I need it, but I love the sport, so I want to play,'' the Green Bay Packers defensive lineman said Sunday, following the first in-pads practice of training camp.
Jolly, who missed the past three NFL seasons while suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, is trying to become the same player and a different person all at the same time. So far, he seems to be making strides at both.
''I'm just going to keep doing what I do. Practice hard, work hard,'' Jolly said. ''I'm going to keep pushing to be here for the season.''
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jolly indefinitely following the 2009 season after multiple arrests for codeine possession in his native Houston.
After missing the 2010, `11 and `12 seasons - he watched the Packers win the Super Bowl on television, later admitting he was high as he watch...