It has been over five years since Manziel, a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2014, last played an NFL game. Although he has played in various side leagues since then, Manziel hasn’t received a tryout from one of the NFL’s 32 teams.
As he prepares to play in the Fan Controlled Football league, Manziel just made an honest admission about any potential future he’d have in the NFL.
Johnny Manziel has bounced around various football leagues
In addition to terms like “sneaky athletic” and “generational,” draft analysts love talking about a prospect’s “character.”
Manziel has admitted, after the fact, that he struggled with making the right decision while in the NFL. Considering that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said a homeless man convinced him to draft Manziel, that relationship may always have been destined for disaster.
After several years out of football, Manziel completed 64.2% of his passes for 1,290 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions for the Montreal Alouettes in 2018. Manziel also ran for 215 yards on 7.4 yards per carry in the CFL.
In two games with the AAF’s Memphis Express in 2019, Manziel completed five of his eight passes for 61 yards and an interception. Manziel did not play in the XFL’s 2020 reboot.
Manziel is now in the Fan Controlled Football league
Johnny Football is back playing, well, football.
Manziel, 28, is now playing in the Fan Controlled Football league. FCF is a four-team indoor football league where fans will call plays online via Twitch, the streaming service.
Manziel is on the Zappers, a team co-owned by New York Mets pitcher Trevor May, social media star Bob Menery, and 2K Games digital marketing director Ronnie Singh.
Johnny Manziel made an honest admission about his NFL future
In theory, Johnny Manziel could use Fan Controlled Football as a way to earn an NFL contract.
Manziel is well aware of that fact, and The Athletic shared comments that the former first-round pick made through a Zappers spokesperson.
Manziel admitted that he doesn’t view Fan Controlled Football as a “redemption type of tour” and an easy way back to the NFL.
“You know after I leave here I probably won’t pick up a football game for another year or two or maybe even longer than that, this is just an opportunity to get around a bunch of good guys, who I feel like will make great business connections with and I’ll have a lot of fun while I’m doing it. Even if I got an opportunity to go back to an NFL I don’t think I would take it, I don’t think it’s my path, I don’t think it’s what it’s meant to be. I think there’s a, there are a million of … other avenues of things I can do in life, you know I’ve been good as a football player in the past.”
Manziel is still only 28, which Tom Brady has made the new 23. It will be interesting to see if Manziel kept the same attitude in a situation where an NFL team called him with a job offer.
The 2021 FCF season begins Saturday, February 13. Manziel and the Zappers play ex-USF quarterback Quinton Flowers and the Beasts.