Johnny Manziel says his football career is “probably in the past” and he is thankful that he was “humiliated.”

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When Johnny Manziel suggested in February that he had “zero desire to play soccer these days,” he could have been telling the truth. Speaking to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas) this weekend, the former Texas A&M star said he was done with professional football forever, saying his career is likely to be “in the past.”

“In the past, it’s probably how I would characterize it,” Manziel told Don Williams. “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 As for being a person and discovering life as a young adult … if I have ever been in a better place than I am now. I can honestly say that I am happy and I am doing the right thing to try to smile at myself every day, And that means more to me than going out and playing on a soccer field. “

The former Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick hinted that he would continue his career in February, tweeting, and then deleting, his thoughts on joining the revived XFL. He also started an unofficial return tour in 2018 when he joined the Canadian Football League, even preparing for the now-defunct Alliance of American Football Alliance’s Memphis Express in 2019. But the reality is that Manziel hasn’t seen an NFL field. in a half decade and reportedly also fell out of favor with his latest CFL team, the Montreal Alouettes.

Manziel recognized Williams, as he has with others on other occasions, that he did not take his professional responsibilities seriously when entering the NFL in 2014, when he ranked 22nd overall with the Browns.

“I think it is fair, the work you do when you have free time and when you do things on your own, which coincides with what happens in the field,” he said. “And when you think that you are too good or that you are better than the game, it will humiliate you. And that is what happened. I humbled myself. Thank God I had the opportunity to be humble, because when you think that you are on top of the world, it’s a dangerous place. “