Johnny Jolly, a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M alum, has been suspended for the 2010 NFL season.
He was suspended due to violating the league's substance abuse policy and also faces potential prison time following a 2008 arrest when he was found outside a Houston night club with 200 grams of codeine.
This incident is unfortunate for him personally, but it also has a reflection on the university, which is one known for its upstanding traditions and morals.
Not many people represent the NFL as former Aggies. Probably the most well known is Melvin Bullitt, who is the starting safety for the AFC-champion Indianapolis Colts.
Jolly had the potential to be a good story, as he was a sixth-round pick in 2006 and had worked his way into the Packers starting lineup. With a possible 20 years in prison and being suspended indefinitely, it's safe to say his future in the league is in doubt.
Packers GM Ted Thompson had this to say of Jolly:
"Johnny is a good player that loves everything about the game of football. We appreciate the contributions he has made to the Packers the past four seasons. His focus and priorities now lie elsewhere—our thoughts are with him during this difficult personal time."
I wish the best for Jolly and pray that he has a future in the NFL. If he doesn't get his act together and prove this experience has changed him, it won't sit well with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Gig 'em Ags.