Matter Of Honor: Green Bay Packers’ Image Safe Despite Jolly Suspension

July 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The bug that has been biting a lot of NFL franchises finally bit the Green Bay Packers today.
Defensive end Johnny Jolly was suspended by the NFL for the 2010 season and possibly beyond for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Jolly is allowed to apply for reinstatement following Super Bowl XLV but with a pending trial, there is no guarantee Jolly will be allowed back next season.
Looking at the big picture, the Packers have been very fortunate to avoid a lot of the character issues that have been plaguing a lot of NFL teams in recent years.  The Packers are rarely-to-never mentioned when police blotter involving NFL players is made public.
Why is that?
First off is the long tradition of the Packers organization.  Packer players throughout NFL history from Bart Starr to Reggie White to Aaron Rodgers are or were considered some of the best people in the league.  It's an image Packer fans are proud of.
Second is the small town atmosphe...

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