Johnny Manziel: I want to be first rookie quarterback to win Super Bowl


Johnny Manziel wants to move away from his Johnny Football persona as he tries to sell the Texans on the idea of picking him first overall in May’s draft.

That shift doesn’t include a lack of bravado at this point. Manziel told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that the Texans would be making “the worst decision they’ve ever made” if they pass on him and he winds up going third to Jacksonville. Manziel said that the Texans would turn “that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito” if that came to pass.

Manziel would prefer that things not go that way, saying that he wants to lead the team he grew up watching. And he has big plans about where he’d like to lead them next season.

“People can call me crazy, and it’s not cockiness [but], I’m going to put myself in [position] to win the Super Bowl every single year,” Manziel said. “A 5-foot-10 guy [Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson] just won the Super Bowl in his second year in the NFL. That’s unreal. I want to be the first rookie to win the Super Bowl.”

Manziel “absolutely” believes that he can do that with Bill O’Brien coaching him, but he’s pretty confident that he’ll be winning a ring wherever he winds up.

“If something happens, and it’s the Cleveland Browns, I’m going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland,” Manziel said. “I don’t care if they’ve had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I’m going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl.”

If he does that, he’ll be a hero in Cleveland forever whether he goes by Johnny Manziel, Johnny Football or even Johnny Modell.