The episode with quarterback Johnny Manziel has another turn. Manziel, who last played in an NFL game on Dec. 27, 2015, is hopeful that he can relive his NFL career with a comeback soon, after he was cut by the Browns last March and sat out the entire 2016 season.
Manziel said: “It’s hard sitting here going through OTA time and going through summer time and then getting ready to go through fall camp and not being a part of it. But at the same time, I’m really optimistic and hopeful that I’ll get another chance. That’s really what I’m holding out for every day.”
The former Texas A&M star’s frequent partying, a stint in rehab and a domestic violence charge brought on against him by his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley are just a peak in what led to his situation. Manziel took it too far again in Las Vegas where he appeared to look drunk and thin. Further more, his father believed if his son continued down this troubled path he may not live to see his next birthday.
Now it appears that he has taken ownership of his mistakes: “I know the situation that I put myself in. I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I’m hopeful. I’m really hopeful. I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we’ll see. Whenever I get a call, I’ll do whatever I can to make the most of it. I think the thing I realized over the past year and the thing I realized from being away from it is really how much you miss it. That’s all I’ve known for so long. It’s what I love to do.”
A move that shows he means it this time is the re-hiring of his former agent Erik Burkhardt in March to help the polarizing quarterback in his quest to play football again. He is also spotted working out with Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Just how serious he is shows the fact that if his effort in NFL fails, Manziel could always take his talents up North and play in the Canadian Football League to jump start his career. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats currently own Manziel’s rights.