However minor, Johnny “Football” Manziel is set to make his latest comeback.
The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner announced Wednesday plans to join The Spring League, a developmental football league in Texas. The season, which kicks off in little more than 90 days in the state’s capital, will feature four games against four teams.
Back in Texas where it all started. I'll be joining @TheSpringLeague in Austin to get #ComebackSZN started! Can't wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do! #cantwaitforspring pic.twitter.com/zMk5223HCc
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 14, 2018
“Football has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it’s gone,” Manziel said in a statement. “My goal is to make it back to the NFL, and I realize I have to earn that privilege. The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do. I’ve made my share of mistakes, but I’m 25 years old, and I know my best football is ahead of me.”
Manziel is best known for a brief stint in the NFL, domestic violence charges and a party lifestyle, but recently divulged to ABC news issues with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. He also added in that interview he has begun taking medicine for the condition.
The Spring League, which will feature doubleheaders in Austin on April 7 and April 14, is billed as a forum where NFL hopefuls can be evaluated by league scouts and team personnel from other professional leagues. The games will be streamed live by Turner Sports. Though Manziel’s ultimate goal has been to return to the NFL, he was reported as recently as January negotiating contract terms with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Manziel played only two seasons as an Aggie and is a former three-star dual-threat quarterback prospect and the No. 37 player in Texas out of Kerrville Tivy High School.
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