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#pounditSaturday, August 15, 2020

AAF coach praises ‘tremendous’ experience with Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel’s latest comeback bid has been derailed, but this time, it wasn’t his own fault. In fact, he appears to have done himself some good.

Manziel thoroughly impressed some of the people he worked with in his brief stint in the now-defunct AAF. One of those people was quarterbacks coach David Lee, who was so wary of Manziel coming out of Texas A&M that he refused to list him on his internal draft board while working on Rex Ryan’s New York Jets staff.

Things have certainly changed now after the two got to know each other with the Memphis Express.

“I’m hoping and praying he gets another chance. My short experience with him was tremendous,” Lee told John Kryk of the Toronto Sun. “I really, really like Johnny as a person. Boy, he’s got a fire in his heart. He loves football. Gosh, he loves it. And he wants to be good … He had been through hell and back from the time he left Texas A&M until the time he rolled into Memphis.”

Lee probably got to know the honest, regretful version of Manziel that we see these days. It’s unclear what his next move will be, but he hasn’t hurt himself in the AAF, at the very least.

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