Johnny Manziel came into the spotlight during his days as a college quarterback at Texas A&M. Even when in High School, Manziel was recognized as dual-threat quarterback, both throwing and running, who had a promising future ahead of him. During his high school years, Manziel earned a nickname that many people know him by; “Johnny Football”. As Manziel entered college, the nickname “Johnny Football” stuck as he proved his ability and won the starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman. He busted his ass all year, and it led to him winning the Heisman Trophy. He had a record-breaking debut season, and had a great season as a sophomore as well. After that season, Manziel declared for the 2014 Draft, and the time of Johnny Football began.
Manziel was not picked up right away. Twenty-One teams, including his future team, all passed over him. However, being the savage he is, Manziel texted a Browns coach saying he was “ready to wreck the league for Cleveland” and was picked up 22nd overall. The stones on this guy.
This man’s NFL career was riddled with controversy. It all started during a preseason game with him historically flipping off the Redskins bench, losing him the starting spot. He played in one other game in 2014, a 30-0 loss that involved him being sacked three times, throwing 80 yards, two interceptions, and having a passer rating of 27.3%. Not the way we all thought it would go.
His 2015 season began differently. His first game he threw 172 yards and 2 TDs for the win. We all thought this was the beginning of greatness and that Johnny Football was ready to deliver his promise and “wreck the league”. However, in the words of Manziel himself, he started becoming “lost in the sauce”. Basically, in laymen terms, his fame, fortune, and ability to constantly party clouded his judgement. Finally, it got to the point where he went to Vegas instead of being at a required team meeting. The Browns dropped him.
Johnny Manziel has been discussing an attempt to return to the NFL as a professional quarterback. Many people doubt this, but I want this to happen so badly. As an optimist, I choose to look for the good side of people. I see a man who has recognized his mistakes and has made remarkable sacrifices to fix his flaws. Similarly, a part of him represents a lot of people in America who have had similar setbacks in their life, and could see him as someone like them who has gotten their life back on track. If he works hard, puts his mind to it, and restrains himself from getting lost in the sauce again, Johnny Football will make a return.
On a side note though, if anyone has a white Manziel jersey from his years on the Browns that they’re trying to get rid of, contact me and I will help you out. I’ve been trying to find one for years.