Remember how Johnny Manziel fell off the face of the earth for a while and everything was good?
Yeah, he’s back.
There are reports that he’s participating in the developmental Spring League as part of his long journey back to the NFL gridiron.
Spring League is a professional scouting event and showcase that started in 2017.
AKA where lousy players try to revive their careers.
Now this kid’s been all over the place, and he’s been trouble since he was an Aggie at Texas A&M.
He was arrested on three misdemeanors before attending college, tweeted that he “can’t wait to leave College Station” after getting thrown out of a frat party, and there were rumors about his eligibility after reports he had signed autographs for money while in college, and he was suspended for the first half of the season opener. Really bringing the fist down, I see.
Then he declared for the NFL draft and was selected by the Cleveland Browns. Where dreams are made. He was only 21, and, as anyone would guess, he got fined by the league for flipping the bird during a preseason game.
In 2015 he checked himself into a rehab center for alcohol addiction but left two months later. Then a video of him surfaced partying in Vegas during a bye-week. Keep in mind he was still on the Browns’ roster but hardly saw any playing time. The team finally released him and then found himself in legal trouble after his ex-girlfriend accused him of beating her and threatening to kill her and himself. He was inducted on misdemeanor assault charges, and in later 2016, he took a plea agreement in which he agreed to undergo counseling.
In June 2016, he was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, which he has yet to serve.
So he did what any normal person would do: return to his alma mater to start taking classes.
On Monday, in an interview with Good Morning America, Manziel said that he was diagnosed as bipolar and is taking medication for it. Oh, and has stopped drinking.
Don’t think much happened with that, so why not try to revive the ole NFL career in the Spring League.
Now I’m all for a good comeback story, but Manziel’s past makes me think that he’s not going to stick it out. He seems to be easily distracted, and he would be an absolute PR nightmare for any professional team. So I hope he gets his life back on track, but you won’t see me sporting any “comebackszn” apparel anytime soon.