April 13, 2024

Johnny Manziel is putting the brakes on talk of an NFL comeback.

The former Browns quarterback, who played for two seasons before leaving the NFL in 2016, addressed current fan speculation Tuesday after being spotted sporting a Dolphins cap in a photo.

“@JManziel2 “Representing the Dolphins, could there be a return?” one user posted on X, to which the 31-year-old Manziel answered, “Absolutely not, my time for football has come and gone. I adore Tua and Mike McDaniel, so I will always support them. “I support individuals rather than teams in football.”


Manziel was referring to Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and head coach Mike McDaniel, who made the playoffs last month but were eliminated by the Chiefs in the wild-card round.

Manziel rose to national prominence in 2012, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy after a standout season at Texas A&M.


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After declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft and being taken 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns, Manziel’s life collapsed as he dealt with substance abuse difficulties and off-field scandals.

“It didn’t take me long to realize I wasn’t going to be happy in Cleveland,” Manziel said in the 2023 Netflix documentary “Johnny Football.”

“I had everything I could have wanted. You have money, celebrity, and you’re a first-round draft pick vying for a starting quarterback job, and when I had everything I wanted, I think I felt the most empty inside.”

In a 2018 interview with “Good Morning America,” Manziel discussed his battle with drinking, as well as his bipolar diagnosis.

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