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Johnny Manziel says his football career is ‘in the past’ ... and he’s OK with that

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6/29/2020 8:50:31 AM
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Johnny Manziel's football career might be over, Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalenche-Journal reports. In fact Manziel thinks it is.

“In the past, probably, is the way I’d characterize it,” Manziel said, without a moment’s hesitation. “I’ve finally got to a point where I’m trying to achieve happiness in life, not happiness on the football field.

“I know a lot of people probably want me to come back and play and give it another chance, but I don’t know, as far as being a person and figuring out life as a young adult — trying to make it and figure it out — if I’ve ever been in a better place than I’m in right now. I can honestly say I’m happy and I’m doing the right things to try and put a smile on my face every day, and that means more to me than going out and grinding on a football field.”

“During that time when I got drafted, I didn’t put in the time that I needed to be a great player and I don’t think my heart was in it,” Manziel said. “And I think when I went back to Canada, it was the same way. I truly believed and truly thought it was what I wanted to do, and my heart wasn’t in it, and it worked out the way it did.”

Sounds strange, you note, to hear Johnny Football say his heart was ever not in the game. All that time at Texas A&M, when he was dazzling college football fans, he seemed to be having so much fun, and it rubbed off on the people watching.

“I had a great time,” Manziel said. “Anytime I ever stepped between the lines, I had an amazing time. I gave it everything I had.

“I think it’s just, the work you put in when you have the free hours and when you do things on your own, that matches up accordingly with what happens on the field. And when you get to thinking that you’re too good or you’re better than the game, it’ll humble you. And that’s what happened. I got humbled. Thank God I did get a chance to be humbled, because when you think you’re at the top of the world, it’s a dangerous place.”

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