Johnny Manziel’s professional career is over, but that doesn’t mean he’s done playing football. The former Browns quarterback told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert that he will be taking part in the second season of fan-controlled football.
“It’s a way to get out there and compete and have fun on a much smaller scale,” Manziel said. “I no longer have the desire to play football at a high level. I no longer want to be the best football player I’ve had in my life, and that’s fine with me. I understood this what my football career was and what it is, and now I’m trying to figure out how I can stay entangled in the game, but from a different position.
He mentioned that although he no longer pursues a professional football career, this league gives him a way to take up the sport in a less serious way.
Manziel was a star at Texas A&M, winning the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in redshirt. The Browns drafted him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but Manziel could never live up to the hype, lasting just two years in Cleveland and the NFL.
Looking back, Manziel realizes he wasted a chance at a career in the NFL.
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“I had many opportunities to put my career on a different path, and for whatever reason, whether it was me being young or just not seeing life through the right lens at that time, I wasted a good opportunity,” he said.
Manziel added that despite the turmoil, he is more comfortable with the progress of his career.
“The more I look back on my life and keep reflecting and trying to bury certain things and put certain things in the past, that’s one thing I decided to do, was to let [football] go and let it be what it is. Life goes as it goes sometimes,” he said.
After the NFL, Manziel joined the Canadian Football League for two years, but was released from the league in 2019.
Fan Controlled Football is a 7v7 football league that allows fans to call games in real time, playing on a 50m pitch without any special teams.
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