Will Johnny Manziel, the one-time “Johnny Football” college star who flamed out with the Cleveland Browns, return to the NFL?
In short, no. That is Manziel’s response when asked as news about him joining the Fan Controlled League started spreading around.
“There are no comeback implications with me and football moving forward from here,” the former Heisman Trophy winner with Texas A&M told TMZ Sports.
Johnny Manziel Looking To Have Fun In Football League
So, why would Manziel, a former first-round NFL pick who was hopefully going to help the Browns reach bigger goals, play football again?
He said it’s really just about having fun these days.
“To be honest, I got a lot of free time on my hands,” Johnny Manziel said. “I got onto the golf course life in Scottsdale but I got a lot of free time for six weeks to come and pretty much get to be a player, coach a little bit in this.”
Now 28-years-old, Manziel last played football in 2019 for the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. People may wonder if he has any good plays left in him at all.
“You’ll see little flashes of the old stuff,” Johnny Manziel says. “I still have the ability to throw the football around to a somewhat high degree. Not like I had in the past, but I think there’s still some flashes left in the tank.”
His first game in the 7-on-7 pro football league was scheduled for Saturday night.
Manziel Goes From High School Star To Big-Time Bust
Of course, anyone hearing Manziel’s name in conjunction with pro football puts his fall from grace right up there with Ryan Leaf and many others.
In Texas high school football lore, Johnny Manziel was a star on the rise. He played quarterback for Kerrville Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, located in the Texas Hill Country. His success in leading Kerrville Tivy to the state playoffs led coaches all over the college football scene to scout him.
He decided Texas A&M would be a good place to attend college for its football program. Manziel was not interested in actually studying at all. His sole reason for attending the Central Texas university was to be quarterback for the Texas Aggies.
With a wizardry in passing, quick-moving feet, and speed to boot, Manziel quickly made his mark on college football. He’d gained the nickname “Johnny Football” while in high school and it carried over to college. In 2012, Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most revered individual award. It appeared as if his future was al set up for him.
Manziel Becomes NFL Draft Bust With Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns, woefully inept for years at quarterback, decided to make Manziel their first-round draft pick. He was the 22nd overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
But Manziel was known to be more interested in partying and not being serious about his football skills. He’d taken them naturally from high school to college, thinking he could do the same in the NFL. What happened was that Manziel flopped in Cleveland, thanks to a lot of off-field situations that he caused. He was released after the 2015 season.
Manziel spent two years not being signed by another NFL team, eventually getting a chance to play in the the Canadian Football League in 2018. He was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, then traded during the season to the Montreal Alouettes. Again, off-field situations led to his release and banishment from the CFL.
Then, he signed two weeks after the CFL release with the Memphis Express of the AAF. Two weeks later, the league folded.
What a career for Johnny Manziel. Maybe this new league, with him approaching it simply as a fun experience, will benefit him and bring “Johnny Football” fans to the stadiums.