Johnny Manziel broke NCAA Division I and SEC records when he played for the Texas A&M Aggies as a quarterback. He became the first freshman in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He was so talented and successful even before college that he earned the nickname “Johnny Football.”
After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 NFL Draft, it seems all Manziel looks to break are the league’s rules, and he hasn’t been focused on dashing the yards, but into a completely different kind of rush.
Cleveland Browns released Manziel after a tumultuous two-year relationship and there is a real possibility that the once promising quarterback would not be playing football in the NFL ever again.
The NFL announced on Thursday that they have suspended Manziel for four games for his violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. This latest judgment only aggravates his chances of being signed up by other teams.
Johnny Manziel is known to be a polarizing athlete from his pre-draft days. Since he’s been drafted into the NFL he has yet to fulfill his potentials. Instead, the records he has made are with the authorities.
He has been indicted recently for domestic violence after he punched his girlfriend so hard it punctured her eardrum. He was also reported to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident. Just a day after the incident, his lawyer believes he had purchased more than $1,000 worth of drug paraphernalia.
Johnny Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Manning Award, and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. But now he is a different sort of rush. His father, Paul Manziel, during an interview described his son as a “druggie” who needs help.
“I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully, he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don’t know what else to say.” The elder Manziel said.
Johnny Manziel has pledged to go sober starting July 1st, as reported on ESPN
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