Johnny Manziel has apparently turned a new leaf ahead of his attempt at an NFL return.
Despite reported drug and alcohol issues, Manziel has pledged to be sober and vowed he’s getting into shape in hopes of an NFL return.
In his latest Instagram post, Manziel called out Alabama as he “slayed the Dragon,” referring to his Texas A&M win over the Tide in 2012 among other details:
Remember back in 2012 when they didn't know the kid? Who's this midget from Kerrville third on the depth chart in the spring that won the job a week into fall camp? This kid has no chance going into the SEC, they said. He's too short, he's not accurate enough, just a freelancer they said. I bet you'll never forget where you were the day we slayed the Dragon in Tuscaloosa in front of 100,000. You were the first person I called. Or when there was still this conspiracy that a freshman couldn't win the Heisman. Or even after that when we had to play OU in the Cotton Bowl after they smacked our ass the year before, we prevailed. Straight to Dime City for the summer to work on our craft. All the noise, all the hype we blocked it out and fine tuned the machine. Head down grindin. We fell short of the mission in '13, we got healthy and straight back to Dime City for another tune up before an even bigger stage. Head down steady grindin. Now the lights are really on us Whit, the worlds watching, waiting to see the kid. You come to me with this idea to wear pads to my pro day and I'm like "Nah, I'm straight on that cuzzin" you said "you're the rarest of the rare this ain't nothing but a thang, you play in 'em, go be different!" And we did our thang. Under six feet tall and drafted in the 1st round, STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE, screaming it out the window on draft night. Never forget it. Then it all changed and I lost my ways, the grind, the love, the hustle, my way of life in general. Thick and thin you stood by me and I'll never forget it. We thrive when they say "YOU CANT" it's all we've ever known. With the simplistic mindset and goals we have Whit, let's go. "Fix the man and the rest will come" you said. "Don't worry about a thing I got you cuzzin, give me 48 hours to assemble" was all I heard. A day later it's January 12 and I'm Dime City bound once again. Broken, Humbled, but for once in my life thankful for that day and 18 so far sober with a clear head on my shoulders. All I have is today and we'll take this thing a day at a time for as long as it takes. You made it happen and I'm ALL IN cuzzin, because I know you always have been. Let's go #JustWaitOnIt
Manziel also spoke of being humbled by his downfall, detailing his sobriety on his return to the top.
It follows the latest trend of Manziel recognizing his issues from the past, acknowledging what went wrong and promising to make it better.
Manziel has had reported offers from the Canadian Football League, among others. We’ll soon see how seriously he’s taking his comeback depending on how he handles himself when or if he makes a full recovery.
Manziel threw for just under 1,700 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in two years with the Cleveland Browns.