Johnny Manziel has given up on his football career and said that he is “figuring out life”
Manziel said during an interview:
“I know a lot of people probably want me to come back and play and give it another chance, but I don’t know, as far as being a person and figuring out life as a young adult — trying to make it and figure it out — if I’ve ever been in a better place than I’m in right now. I can honestly say I’m happy and I’m doing the right things to try and put a smile on my face every day, and that means more to me than going out and grinding on a football field.”
He also described that many may want him to “come back and play,” but he does not feel like he wants to anymore. He said that he is “happy” and that means more to him then “grinding on a football field”
It is no secret that Manziel did not enjoy football to the extent many players did and this left him behind. Manziel never felt the desire to study film and work hard behind the scenes. Manziel was more of a natural talent, but often the lack of work ethic off the field, put him behind.
Manziel was drafted at no. 22 by the Cleveland Browns in 2014 after winning the Heisman Trophy. After 2 poor seasons, Manziel was released by the Browns in 2018.
During his football career, Manziel had some off the field issues as well. In 2016, Manziel had a domestic violence charge against him and in 2018 he said during an interview that he had been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.
Manziel’s college success and raw telnet did not translate well in the NFL, and along with his off-field issues, Manziel has come to peace that his NFL career is likely over.