Johnny Manziel Has “Zero Desire” To Play

Over the weekend, Johnny Manziel took to social media to make his case to the XFL. Then, he deleted his Twitter account. Hours later, he returned to the platform to let the world know that he has “zero desire to play any football these days. [I] just love stirring up controversy” (Twitter link). 

Indeed, Manziel has been a lightning rod for controversy throughout his career and post-career. During the early planning stages of the XFL 2.0, many were quick to connect the former first-round pick to Vince McMahon’s reboot. However, the league has shied away from Manziel.

Johnny has his own history, and we have coaches from the CFL who have seen him close up,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said when asked about Johnny Football recently. “He was in the draft pool. Coaches and scouts looked at him and didn’t think he was going to help their team. I think the guys we have on our teams are the best 560 that aren’t playing in the National Football League.”

This, apparently, marks the end of Manziel’s professional football career. Manziel, who won’t turn 28 until December, has not played in the NFL the 2015 season. At one point in time, the Saints were rumored to have interest in him, but there has been no real chatter about Manziel in NFL circles this offseason.

After capturing the Heisman Trophy following the 2012, the Texas A&M star wasn’t able to do much as a pro. In two seasons, he appeared in 14 games (eight starts) and completed 57% of his passes for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also tacked on another 259 rushing yards off of 46 totes.

Meanwhile, off the field, he’s been embroiled in a number of controversies, including a 2016 investigation into domestic violence allegations. Later, he was suspended for four games in the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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24 comments on “Johnny Manziel Has “Zero Desire” To Play

  1. letmeclearmythroat74

    That’s great – I think most people have zero desire to watch him anyway

  2. GiantsX3

    Manziel is the poor man’s Kaepernick when it comes to stirring up controversy.

    • Orangejedi23

      To compare the two is laughable. One brought a team to the Super Bowl and the other is an alcoholic.

      • saluelthpops

        Yet both continue to do all they can to remain in the news. It’s a legit comparison.

        • mgrap84

          Yea i get his comparison. They both seem to try to stay in the news but talent wise Kapernick is far better then Manziel

          • dynamite drop in monty

            Also Kapernick, no matter your thoughts on his politics, is doing things he at least feels strongly about. He also does plenty to help disadvantaged youths. Manziel appears that he just drinks booze and sneers at women on the subway for a hobby.

  3. mcdusty49

    So nothing has changed, this guy has always had zero or next to zero desire to play

  4. Appalachian_Outlaw

    Manziel’s just trying to save face, since no one wants him anyway. Dude was finished awhile ago.

  5. KingTiger

    No one wants to watch Johnny Clipboard stand on the sidelines any longer.

  6. Jared Buck

    Manziel was always more interested in the perks that come with football rather than actually playing it. Party boy to the last.

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