Johnny Manziel’s football career has been one filled with tragedy and disappointment.
Manziel exhibited all the qualities you could ever want from a quarterback during his two seasons at Texas A&M, showing solid arm strength, decision making, and an amount of mobility rarely seen at the position, becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012. However, he’s always had a ton of personal issues when it comes to off the field problems, as his constant partying and narcissism consistently took precedence over his play on the field. This led to a tumultuous and short-lived NFL career with the Cleveland Browns and cemented his legacy as the prototypical “What if?” sort of athlete.
During a recent interview with Good Morning America, though, Manziel made it clear that he’s finally owning up to his mistakes and wants to make an NFL comeback. He indicated that he has been diagnosed as bipolar and is currently taking medication in order to treat the disorder. Manziel also said that he drank so much in order to self-medicate and is currently clean and sober.
He stated that he strongly regrets blowing his chance in the NFL, stating, “I am watching all the other guys doing what I want to be doing and I am sitting on a couch being a loser.”
Manziel continued on to say,
At the end of the day I can’t help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours, I can’t help my mental makeup of the way that I was created. But I know if I stay on these meds and I continue to do what I am doing right now … I think my dad, my mom, I think [girlfriend Bre Tiesi], would all agree that they see a drastic change.
In a true sign of maturity, Manziel has taken full responsibility for his mistakes, something with which he has struggled for years.
You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself and in that depression and back in that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life. What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced.
To top it all off, Johnny Football even said that he’s been working out and is trying to convince NFL front offices that he is capable of making a comeback. He said,
I don’t know what kind of comeback it will be, but I know I want to get back on a football field to what brought me so much joy in my life and it makes me happy doing as my job.
At 25-years-old, Manziel is certainly in an age range appropriate for reentering the NFL, but how he could perform is anybody’s guess. Even when he was on the field, he was easily declared a first-round draft bust, accumulating 1,675 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions while completing 57% of his passes over the 15 games, 8 of which were starts.
Regardless, Manziel is only a few years removed from showing off a crazy amount of talent on the college level, so the ability has to be hidden somewhere within him. If what he says is true and he’s truly dedicated to making himself a better person, I would like to see some team at least bring him into training camp during the offseason. Even if it doesn’t pan out, we’ll at least get some answers.