Former first-round pick Johnny Manziel has made it clear that he’s not giving up on his comeback attempt but is content if his career is done.
Johnny Manziel is watching the premiere of the XFL from his home like most of the United States. The former NFL, CFL and AAF quarterback wants everyone to know that despite not being on an XFL team, his comeback attempt isn’t over just yet.
Manziel has bounced around a lot since being the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He was drafted out of Texas AM by Cleveland and spent only two seasons with the team before being cut at the end of the 2015 season. Manziel then bounced around the CFL, playing for two teams that both ended up getting prime time coverage by ESPN. He then ended up in the defunct AAF, where he became the de facto face of the league, alongside fellow Browns draft pick, Trent Richardson.
With the XFL in full swing, however, many expected the league to get some names for the brand, and Manziel and Richardson were two names that many thought would end up in the league. Neither caught on, despite Manziel showing promise in the NFL Spring League and in his brief stint in the AAF. Richarson was another head-scratcher, as he was very efficient in the AAF on goal-line plays.
Manziel doesn’t have faith in the XFL, believing they won’t last the season, this despite the fact the tickets for the first week of the XFL have already out-sold the AAF for its entire year. Manziel may be interested in the XFL next season and the XFL should want him, he’s got a huge fanbase that follows him. Manziel has made it clear, however, he’s content if he never plays football again professionally.
Here’s hoping Manziel wants a shot, and that he’s learned from his issues. After all, the United States loves a comeback story.