I was reading up on the whole Johnny Manziel saga yesterday, and it is a fair assumption that the pro football QB has bottomed out.
I thought he was going to be an NFL legend and he still might be, as his reputation out of Texas A&M suggested he was headed for bigger and better things. But not everyone who excels at the college game will excel in a league that only has limited job openings, where being simply good is not enough.
It seemed he would succeed in Cleveland, despite the talk that at a quarter-inch under six feet, he was too small to be an NFL quarterback. The Browns, only appearing in one playoff game since their franchise was reborn in 1999, looked to Manziel as their savior, and he’s been anything but.
Things have gotten so bad now that his agent has now left him, and sports agents don’t usually leave NFL players unless they feel their futures are very limited.
Alcoholism has been cited as his main problem. With concussions so prevalent in the news as of late, I wonder if Manziel has had concussions earlier than the one he got late in the 2015 NFL season. Top that on to his drinking history the past few years that we know of, and it’s not a healthy combination.
His father said yesterday that if he doesn’t get help soon, he’ll die before turning 24 ten months from today. I truly hope that’s not the case, but you can’t help people who don’t want the help, ultimately. This is all provided he also can beat the domestic abuse rap the Dallas authorities may want to investigate.
For the sake of Johnny Manziel the human being, not so much the football player, I hope he gets that help. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.