As far as NFL careers go, Johnny Manziel doesn’t have a whole lot to look back on. The Cleveland Browns would select him 22nd overall in 2014, and there’s not much more to say. Manziel would start eight games (appear in 15), completing 57 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions along the way.
But Manziel hasn’t seen the field since 2015. Drinking and partying would take precedence over practice. He would reach an agreement back in 2016 to dismiss a domestic violence charge against him.
Yet he’s only 25 years old, and looking to make a comeback in the NFL. But plenty has changed for Manziel since the 2015 season. For starters, he’d be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“I am taking medication for bipolar, and I am working to try to make sure I don’t fall back into any type of depression, because I know where that leads me and I know how slippery a slope that is for me.”
But the former Heisman winner doesn’t stop there.
“I was self-medicating with alcohol. That’s what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression.”
He knows better than that now, however.
“You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself, and in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life. What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?”
But he wants to come back.
“I am watching all the other guys doing what I want to be doing, and I am sitting on a couch being a loser.”
The term ‘loser’ is an unfortunate one here, however. Associating these types of things with being a ‘loser’ isn’t the way to go about it. But Manziel knows he’s in a better place now. He’s getting there.
“I am coming back from a huge downfall. I don’t know what kind of comeback it will be, but I know I want to get back on a football field, to what brought me so much joy in my life.”