Few players have been as exciting on the field and as troubled off the field as Johnny Manziel. The former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M is as polarizing as they come, but Manziel is still hoping to make a return to the NFL.
While attending the National Fantasy Football Convention in Dallas over the weekend, Manziel shared his feelings on returning to football, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
“I know the situation that I put myself in,” Manziel said, according to Machota. “I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I’m hopeful. I’m really hopeful. I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we’ll see. Whenever I get a call, I’ll do whatever I can to make the most of it.”
Johnny Manziel says he's had a couple conversations with NFL teams about getting back in the league
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 15, 2017
Manziel last played in December of 2015 as a member of the Cleveland Browns. In his final game, Manziel completed just 40.6 percent of his passes for 136 yards with no touchdowns and an interception, but he also gained 108 rushing yards on 11 carries. The former Aggie’s time in the NFL did not produce nearly the same number of jaw-dropping moments that his college years did.
It’s clear that Manziel has missed the game during his time away.
“A ton,” Manziel said at the convention when asked how much he misses football, according to Machota. “I think the thing I realized over the past year and the thing I realized from being away from it is really how much you miss it. That’s all I’ve known for so long. It’s what I love to do. It’s hard. It’s hard sitting here going through OTA time and going through summer time and then getting ready to go through fall camp and not being a part of it. But at the same time, I’m really optimistic and hopeful that I’ll get another chance. That’s really what I’m holding out for every day.”
While it remains unclear which teams Manziel has been conversing with recently, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this year that the quarterback shared breakfast with New Orleans coach Sean Payton at the Super Bowl to discuss a possible return.
Playing in the NFL again is far from guaranteed for Manziel, but he’s made it quite clear that he’d like another opportunity. If he’s to be believed, some teams might be willing to give him one.