Johnny Manziel lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and now plays golf. He has acknowledged that his football days are probably behind him.
Manziel, 27, is not retired, but it’s not that his phone is ringing after brief stints in the NFL, CFL and AAF.
“In the past, that’s probably how I would characterize it,” Manziel told Don Williams about Lubbock Avalenche-Journal. “I finally got to a point where I try to achieve happiness in life, not happiness on the soccer field.
“I know a lot of people probably want me to come back and play and give them another chance, but I don’t know, in terms of being a person and discovering life as a young adult, trying to achieve and solve it. outside if I’ve ever been in a better place than I am now. I can honestly say that I am happy and doing the right things to try to smile at myself every day, and that means more to me than going out and playing on a soccer field. ”
Manziel was one of the best players in the history of college football, almost everyone would agree outside of some “blue ribbon panel.” (He also had one of the best nicknames).
Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M, and the Browns used the 22nd general election on him two years later. He played 14 NFL games with eight starts, going 2-6 with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“During that time when I was drafted, I didn’t put in the time I needed to be a great player and I don’t think my heart was on it,” said Manziel. “And I think when I went back to Canada, it was the same way. I really believed and really thought that was what I wanted to do, and my heart was not in it, and it worked the way it did. ”
Manziel had fun playing. She had no fun watching movies or lifting weights or sitting in meetings or studying her Microsoft surface. It didn’t matter in college football. He did it in professional football.
“I had a great time,” said Manziel. “Every time I got between the lines, I had a great time. I gave him everything I had.
“I think it is fair, the work you do when you have free hours and when you do things on your own, which coincides accordingly with what happens in the field. And when you think that you are too good or that you are better than the game, it will humiliate you. And that’s what happened. I humbled myself Thank God I had the opportunity to be humble, because when you think you are on top of the world, it is a dangerous place. “
Manziel said he is playing golf six days a week, reducing his disability to 2. He remains close to his Heisman offensive coordinator for his season, Kliff Kingsbury, and the two live in the same area code again.
“People can call me whatever they want,” he says without animosity, “but at the end of the day, I’m proud of what I did. I’m proud of what I accomplished. I got better. I improved my family’s life. I had a chance to play a amazing college football, and it didn’t work in the NFL and that’s fine. “