Johnny Manziel went financial scoreboard on a Twitter critic during the week.
On Tuesday, Manziel tweeted a photo of himself kicking back with his feet up, enjoying a beach view from the rooftop at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. Manziel captioned his message, “retirement”.
Someone questioned Manziel labeling his lifestyle as “retirement”, saying that Manziel never worked a day in his life. Manziel’s response was to tell the critic to enjoy his 9-5 job, which is a lifestyle Manziel is confident he will never know.
Manziel was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and played two seasons for them before being cut. He played in the Spring League in 2018, the CFL in 2018, and had a brief stint in the AAF in 2019 before that league folded. Manziel seems to have no further interest in a football playing career, saying that is something “in the past” for him.
Johnny Manziel seems to be coming to terms with the fact that his football career is over.
Manziel had a brief stint in the now-defunct AAF in 2019, but hasn’t played anywhere since. That may prove to be it for the 27-year-old, who admitted that he’s now more focused on finding happiness off the field.
“I know a lot of people probably want me to come back and play and give it another chance, but I don’t know, as far as being a person and figuring out life as a young adult — trying to make it and figure it out — if I’ve ever been in a better place than I’m in right now. I can honestly say I’m happy and I’m doing the right things to try and put a smile on my face every day, and that means more to me than going out and grinding on a football field.”
Manziel last played in the NFL in 2015. After three years away from the sport, he returned to the CFL in 2018, but didn’t make much of an impression. Even at lower levels of professional football, Manziel just didn’t look like he had it in him to be an impact player. He seemed to show some brief interest in the XFL, but nothing ever came of it before that league went under.
If Manziel is happy with where he is in life, that’s fantastic for him. He’s dealt with a lot of personal problems, some of them self-induced, that played a role in costing him a football career. There’s no reason for him to keep pushing for that career if he’s content and comfortable with how things are for him now.
ESPN’s NFL Twitter account tweeted the video on Tuesday and asked fans to fill in the blank to describe Manziel’s jump. The quarterback participated in the game and joked that his jump “went about as well as my time in the league”.
Manziel was the No. 22 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2014. He went 2-6 in eight career games over two mostly forgettable seasons. He passed for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions during his NFL career and ended up in stints in Canada and the AAF. Last year he opened up about all the mistakes he made in his career, which led to him playing in the AAF.
Johnny Manziel sparked a wave of speculation with a rather bizarre tweet and an even stranger series of events late Friday.
Manziel, who has previously been dismissive of the XFL, sent a message to league commissioner Oliver Luck urging him to send over a contract so Manziel could join the league. Hours later, however, Manziel’s entire Twitter account was deleted abruptly.
“Oliver Luck,” Manziel wrote, via Dean Straka of 247 Sports. “If ya wanna boost your ratings to another level just send me the contract tomorrow and we’re in there. Like I said YEARS ago… XFL2020 give the people what they want.”
Hours after sending that tweet, however, Manziel’s account was deleted. It’s not clear what happened or whether Manziel was somehow hacked.
If it was Manziel, this certainly represents a change in opinion. The quarterback took shots at the XFL as the league was starting and made it clear he didn’t think it would last. Perhaps he has changed his mind, or perhaps he’s just that desperate to get himself back on the field in some way. Maybe it wasn’t him at all. Those are the questions we’re left with after a very odd series of events.
The XFL makes its return to action on Saturday, and perhaps surprisingly, Johnny Manziel won’t be a part of it despite his efforts to get back into football.
Manziel was last seen in early 2018 playing in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, which fell apart after he’d played only two games in the league. That experience appears to have colored Manziel’s opinions, as he openly admitted that he didn’t want to play in a league he feared would not last in a Twitter post Friday.
ComebackSZN still alive if y’all ain’t know. Just not playing for another league that’s going to fold on you midway through the season
In another tweet, Manziel was in a reflective mood.
If I never pick up a ball again it’s all love. I was the most lit, most relatable college football player to ever do it. Did things my way and made it way further than I ever could of imagined. The game gave me life and I’ll forever be grateful
Manziel initially had interest in the XFL, but nothing ever came of it, suggesting that perhaps the interest wasn’t mutual. The quarterback’s concerns about the league may be valid, but with good TV deals and lots of money, it should be able to keep itself steady for far longer than the AAF did. Whether Manziel changes his tune if the league is successful remains to be seen.
Johnny Manziel’s football career has not really gone anywhere lately, but if it goes somewhere, he will be promoting “Comebackszn” along the way.
Manziel officially filed and received a trademark for “comebackszn,” his lawyer shared this week. Comebackszn is a term Manziel popularized as he was trying to work his way back in the world of professional football.
Johnny Football was a bust as a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2014. His stint with the team last two seasons and he showed a lack of commitment. He ended up in the CFL and was cut for similar reasons. Manziel had a brief stint with the short-lived AAF earlier this year and is now hoping for a shot in the XFL.
Manziel has been fairly quiet on social media by his standards. If he does start making some noise in the future, expect it to be him promoting the new brand.