GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Johnny Jolly wouldn't put a number on it, but the Green Bay Packers' recently reinstated defensive lineman gained a lot of weight over the past three years. Staying in NFL game-ready shape didn't seem too important while experiencing the legal problems that put an extended pause on Jolly's football career.
Jolly's future had a very bleak outlook in November 2011 when a Texas judge sentenced him to six years in prison following multiple drug arrests. It seemed almost impossible for Jolly to ever step on an NFL field again, so the already-large 325-pounder allowed his weight to climb well beyond that.
"I was big," Jolly said, now back with the Packers for the first time since January 2010. "I was just big. Being out three years and not really doing too much, I mean, what else would you expect? I guess it was eating the wrong foods."
Jolly is now on the right track. He was released from prison in May 2012 for "shock probation" after serving only six months, was re...