For a time, it seemed like a Johnny Manziel was more interested in seeing the bottom of a beer bottle than an NFL huddle.
After one of the rockiest starts to an NFL career, Johnny Football is making strides towards a return to the league.
Today, the Texas A&M star hired his former agent, Erik Burkhardt.
Burkhardt originally dropped Manziel as a client because the quarterback refused to scale back his infamous partying and debaucherous lifestyle. Things continued to spiral for Manziel, who has been in and out of courthouses as a result of his assault charge on ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.
But he appears intent on turning a new page and playing in the NFL again.
Johnny Manziel, serious enough to get Burkhardt to take him back, is drawing real interest from teams at the Combine, per @MikeGarafolo & me
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2017
According to his agent, Manziel is living with him and in the best mental and physical shape of his life. He is apparently drawing considerable amount of interest from several teams, and a comeback seems highly possible.
We are forgetting one thing, though. All of the partying and criminal behavior isn’t what kept Manziel from being a star in the NFL. He got plenty of chances to prove he was “the guy” while he was in Cleveland, and he failed to do so. He completed only 57 percent of his passes and threw as many interceptions as he did touchdowns.
If Johnny Football is getting his life together and making an effort to be a more functional member of society, that’s great.
But that doesn’t mean he’ll be any better on the field.
History is ripe with players who were electrifying in college and couldn’t translate to the pro game. Manziel, with what he has show thus far, falls into that category.