Off the Record (OTR)

Manziel knows it’s his last shot

Remember Johnny Manziel? Of course you do! He’s our favorite rich, entitled, first-round pick who always thought he could do what he wanted when he wanted and still keep a job in the NFL.

Of course we know now that’s not true. He even knows now that it’s not true. I can’t remember the last time he was in an NFL uniform. Actually, he technically was never in an NFL uniform because he played for the Cleveland Browns.

But, Manziel held a pro day on Thursday and completed 36 of 38 passes. He looked good, he says he hasn’t done any hard drugs in a year and that he’s almost 90 days sober.

Honestly, good for him. I really hope he straightens out. For what it’s worth, he knows that this is his last chance to get a shot in the NFL.

“I let them know, ‘Hey, I gotta be selfish in what I’m doing,’” he said. “I gotta do this for me. Listen, I’m not gonna block your number but if I don’t text you back and I don’t answer your calls, don’t be offended. I’ll call you when I get bored and I wanna say what’s up. But don’t invite me on any trips. Don’t tell me to go to Texas to go to [friggin’] Sixth Street. None of that.’ The people I know that are in my life that by no fault of their own are going to want to do something that I just don’t have the luxury of doing anymore. When I first got in the league, did I have some leeway? Sure I did, but I have exhausted all leeway and all second chances. This isn’t the second chance. This is the 35th chance. This is the last of the last chances to show people that I’ve made a drastic change in my life, and it’s for the better and I’m happy with where I’m at.

“I need to be safe for myself. I’ve let multiple people know—guys that had been around me for years, I reached out to a multitude of people and said, ‘Listen, I’ve never been selfish in my football career. I’ve always flown you guys to every game. I’ve gotten you tickets. I’ve done everything. But for now, I’m selfish with what I need to do because I don’t have room for you guys to come around and for me to get off on a bad path. It just can’t happen. I’m happy. I’m married and I’m doing what I’m doing. My wife is my buffer with all of the bulls—. She doesn’t let me get away with any of the B.S. She’s just straight to the point. She has my best interest at heart, and there’s times where I don’t like it. I’m still a stubborn guy—I don’t like listening all the time. I’ve had a lot better sense of being able to sit back and reflect, even if it’s a daily reflection. I have that backstop. I’m working with good people and I’m working the majority of the day.”

I’m hoping he lands with a team. He sounds sincere this time, even if he’s sounded sincere in the past.

Let’s be honest, the league is more fun with him than without him.

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