Johnny Manziel Recognizes Past ‘Mistakes,’ Emphasizes Importance to ‘Laugh at Your Own Stupidity’

by Josh Lanier

Johnny Football continues his pious pivot on social media, but he’s still a pariah in much of the NFL. Johnny Manziel, the former NFL quarterback, continues to say he’s grown-up. No more last-second Las Vegas trips and hungover film sessions. He’s a new man, he says. And he’s got the tweets to prove it.

The former Browns’ signal caller tweeted that growth requires accepting your faults.

“Such an amazing feeling when you become self-aware enough to laugh at your own stupidity,” he tweeted an hour later.

These are wise words if true, but Manziel has a lot to prove before fans will welcome him back. The former first-round pick played for the Browns for two seasons from 2014-2015. The quarterback became more notable for his partying than he ever did for his play on the gridiron. During his two seasons, Manziel started eight games and earned a paltry 2-6 record.

Cleveland released Manziel before the 2016 season began. The Texas A&M product attempted multiple NFL comebacks. He played in the Canadian Football League for a couple of seasons and two games in the Alliance of American Football.

Now, he’s in the 7-on-7 Fan Controlled League. The Heisman Trophy winner clearly wants to remain a quarterback, but his NFL dreams are done.

Johnny Manziel Blames Himself on Career Collapse

Late last year, the famous football flameout went on the YNK podcast and surprisingly took responsibility for his career issues. He also apologized to his teammates who worked hard while he partied.

“Looking back on it now, I would say I absolutely, 100 percent lost their respect,” he said of his teammates.
“Why wouldn’t you? If I was one of them looking back at what I was doing, and your decisions that you make off the field impact if I put food on mine, yeah I’d feel some type of way, a hundred percent. I would say we wasted a draft pick to go get this guy who doesn’t give a f–k. And that’s my only thing in life that I haven’t been able to look back and, like, fully have closure on. … It’s probably one of the only things that I haven’t looked back on and been able to be like super, super OK with what happened.”

Johnny Manziel said he feels especially bad for wasting the time of future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas. Thomas is one of the greatest NFL offensive linemen of all time.

“I didn’t have the grind in my mind like I did to be great in college like I did in Cleveland, and I feel disrespectful to the guys who were there, being legends because they worked their f–king a– off,” Manziel said.

Now we sit back and watch: Has Manziel really matured and learned or could there be more antics to come?