Johnny Manziel is retiring the money sign

He’s no longer Money Manziel.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said today that he’s done with the money sign, which had been his trademark celebration since his days as a Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M.

“The money sign will not be back. I will not be making it,” Manziel said.

That’s because Manziel thinks it’s time for him to grow up and move on from a rough rookie season that saw him struggle on the field and end up in alcohol rehab.

“Last year is last year, it was what it was and it was not very good,” Manziel said. “So for me, I’m trying to close that chapter and just build on what I’ve done so far this year and just move forward, and try to close that chapter in my life. Not one that I’m very proud of, not one that I want to look back on very much and dwell on, that’s for sure.”

The Browns want Manziel to grow up. His comments today indicate that he has.

110 responses to “Johnny Manziel is retiring the money sign

  1. He’s been saying and doing all the right things, I’m willing to give the guy a second chance. The only thing that matters is how he produces though.

  2. Good for John Manziel. Hopefully this growing up translates to the football field…..

  3. That’s the least he can do to show that he’s grown up a bit. Every time I saw him do it, I wanted to punch him in the face. I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

  4. Smart move. As big of a tool as he has been, I’d like to see if he can actually play at the NFL level.

  5. At first I read “Johnny Manziel is retiring” and my first thought was “What will the Browns do now”, then I read the rest of the headline and thought “What will the Browns do now.”

  6. I am sure that abandoning the “money sign” will make Johnny Manziel well worth the first round draft pick that Cleveland used on him. Now we will see the “real” Johnny Football and the Browns will go to the Super Bowl and smash their opponents….not.

  7. Smart move.

    Preception is 9/10ths of the law of public opinion…

  8. Let’s face it: he’s only retiring the money sign because even john manziel is realizing that he just isn’t that good at football, and even he knows how ridiculous it would be for a backup qb to come in at the end of a blowout and make his ridiculous sign.

    Remember before the draft when he said that was just him and his friends’ way of saying hi to each other?

    Does anyone ever believe a thing that comes out of this guy’s mouth??

  9. Smart move.

    Any type of “Look at me!” gesture or pose (The Money Sign, Tebow Kneel, Rodgers’ Belt, Cam’s Superman, etc) is just inviting mockery from your opponents each and every time they make a play on defense.

    The all-time greats (Manning, Brady, Brees) never needed a goofy hand gesture or choreographed pose to get recognition.

  10. I’m glad he’s making these kinds of statements, but he sounds like a guy who’s awakened to the fact that he’s blown his chance. Big time.

  11. It seems like it’s easy for people to root for someone to fall rather than rise.

    I’m rooting for Manziel he made bad decisions in his life but he didn’t come from a family full of idiots.

  12. “The Browns want Manziel to grow up. His comments today indicate that he has.”

    No, they don’t. His comments only indicate that he’s recognized the thin-ness of his own skin. That’s self-preservation, not maturity.

    And, unfortunately, the writer of this “Pollyanna” piece gives no indication that he’s even considered the fact that it’s not over just because JM has decided to give up the gesture. Fans are NEVER going to let him forget it.

  13. The money sign wasn’t funny, it wasn’t cool, it was a mistake.. Kinda like Manziel himself. I hope he turns it around though. Everyone has done stuff when they were young that they regret or would have done differently if given another chance.

  14. He’ll be caught on film in a strip club giving his “money” sign to a stripper before long.

    Besides, he’s probably just hungry.

    Anyone have a Snickers they can give him?

  15. The Bengals players did the money sign at least 20 times it seemed when they demolished Manziel so I don’t blame him. Was stupid to begin with.

  16. Tough spot for me.. I really hate the browns with some dire passion..but I really would like to see Manziel turn his life around and succeed in the NFL..Maybe it can happen with a different franchise? Also to note.. the Browns are a joke.. Manziel with all of his issues was drafted by such an unstable organization. From their best WR being suspended to the drama at QB flip flopping who your starter is.

  17. He has to make a “money” play in order to throw the money sign, so it’s not so much that HE retired it as much as opposing defenses retired it.

  18. That won’t keep opponent from doing it, if he ever gets on the field. It highlights how the media has sorta, kinda phased out the “Johnny Football” moniker.

    Guess it looked dumber and dumber every time they wrote it or said it. Just think, they were so ready to take long ride on that train.

  19. They’ve broken Manziel like a wild horse. he’s moved to the suburbs, he’s stopped drinking, and now he’s “retired” his signature trademark. This isn’t the Johnny Football that we paid to see. What happened to “I’m gonna do what I want”? Where’s the defiance? The independence? Wheres the Johnny that won’t back down from anyone or any thing? This is sad seeing him being made to conform to the establishment.

  20. Was this in the form of a statement from the PR department, or is there video of him actually saying it? There’s a big difference.

  21. The funny thing is he got drafted because of his persona. Now he has to play at this next level and he was never ready and doesn’t have the talent. Glad he is getting sober and giving it a real try but he is still the same guy that should have been drafted in the 5th round.

  22. pftfan says:
    Jun 17, 2015 2:33 PM

    …The all-time greats (Manning, Brady, Brees) never needed a goofy hand gesture or choreographed pose to get recognition.

    ____________________________________

    nope, just two arms in the air to signify “TOUCHDOWN!” (ala Montana)

  23. Now that we got all that noise out of the way…

    Can we focus on whether or not he can actually play QB at the NFL level?

  24. mackcarrington says:

    “They’ve broken Manziel like a wild horse. he’s moved to the suburbs, he’s stopped drinking, and now he’s “retired” his signature trademark. This isn’t the Johnny Football that we paid to see. What happened to “I’m gonna do what I want”? Where’s the defiance? The independence? Wheres the Johnny that won’t back down from anyone or any thing? This is sad seeing him being made to conform to the establishment.”

    With all due respect, Mack, it sounds like you might be as lost in the woods as he was. There is a way out.

  25. The “Money” gesture now belongs to Wallace Gilberry, he snatched it right away from Johnny Football and it has not been seen on an NFL field since.

  26. While i don’t much care for the guy from the perspective i’ve seen from him as a human, i’ll openly admit I think he would be great for the NFL from an entertainment standpoint, so in that regard i’m rooting for him.

  27. Words mean nothing. Actions speak volumes.

    Manziel talks a lot about having grown up. He did last summer too. Let’s see what he does when it comes time for him to walk away from a fight, or a drink… and in this case, when he throws for a first down.

  28. Coincidentally, the referees have all agreed that when Johnny Clipboard is on the field, they can retire the ‘touchdown’ sign in the Browns’ end zone.

  29. But there isn’t much to build on.

    The kid has put himself behind the 8-ball — he’s his own worst enemy.

  30. Well good for him. I have always been a man Manziel hater but he certainly said the right things in his quote.

    I still don’t think that he will end up being even a decent starting quarterback in the NFL but I hope he continues his sobriety.

  31. It doesn’t matter, he wouldn’t be using the money sign anyway since he won’t be playing, and if he does play he’ll be throwing picks not TD’s

  32. Another young player in the news who hasn’t done ANYTHING in the NFL. How about doing something noteworthy on the field, and THEN worry about the money sign.

  33. The reality of this attempted image-makeover is that it’s basically just a lame attempt to polish a turd. The Browns will be much better off when their owner allows Pettine to jettison Manziel.

  34. 1) Michael Vick
    2) Tim Tebow

    Both are better options today than either Manziel or the other guy…our starter whose name I can’t even remember. Legit. It’s that bad…..McCown!

  35. I will not be retiring and will be doing right in his face when the Ravens pick 6 him next year right in front of my end zone seats

  36. The Bengals totally embarrassed him with it last year. And he deserved it.

  37. Oh noooo, Johnny, it will never go away. It’s admirable to start taking proper steps that you deem important for your life .., but, that dumb thing you created with your massively misleading ego will be celebrated with enthusiasm everywhere with each sack, interception, and fumble that is made. No one to blame but you know who, so sorry.

  38. To succeed he needed to change; credit him for learning that.

    He had outgrown making the money sign. Good for him for knowing that.

    Finally, good for him for cutting loose the old pals who would’ve dragged him down. And good for him for giving up the booze. You booze, you lose.

  39. Some of the commenters on here need to be writing for a comedian. Seriously, they are that hilarious. I mean some of these are homeruns, they are gold! GOLD, JERRY, GOLD!

  40. That’s too bad, that’s the one thing he did that I actually liked, and it’s the one thing he was good at

  41. Good for him for retiring that stupid, arrogant gesture.

    It doesn’t matter though, because Johnny Busto will be out of the NFL soon anyway.

    He was a wasted draft pick by the Browns and the Arena Football League or the CFL will be his next stop.

  42. Jun 17, 2015 2:33 PM – pftfan says: … Any type of “Look at me!” gesture or pose (The Money Sign, Tebow Kneel, Rodgers’ Belt, Cam’s Superman, etc) is just inviting mockery from your opponents each and every time they make a play on defense.

    The all-time greats (Manning, Brady, Brees) never needed a goofy hand gesture or choreographed pose to get recognition.

    Your comment is self-refuting, considering your inclusion of Rodgers in the wrong group.

  43. “Jonathan Manziel scrambling, making plays with his feet and scores a TD! Manziel jogs through his run, hands the football over to the referee, and then jogs back to the sidelines without celebrating.”

    Manziel’s attitude isn’t that bad as long as he backs it up but I suppose retiring the money sign is him stating that he needs to “put up and shut up” rather than “put up or shut up”.

    Imagine getting beat by someone of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning’s caliber while getting taunted constantly by them and their smirks. I would never miss those games.

  44. If people harp on Manziel for being such a failure, then what does that make Jadeveon Clowney?

    #1 overall, and managed to do less than practically any other defensive player in the draft.

  45. Until he’s (soon) really retired & some sleazy check-cashing service offers him $$$ to make it for them as an ‘endorsement’?

  46. It just made him look like a tool anyway.
    Why give a defense one more reason to turn him into a stain on the field?
    Don’t get me wrong, he IS a tool… but why announce it?

  47. Pretty sure I just saw him hamming it up on WWE Raw, so yeah. On the plus side, the refs were more competent and the scripting far less obvious than the usual NFL game.

  48. The whole Johnny Football persona is crumbling before our eyes. Unless he proves it on the field people won’t care about Johnny Choir Boy. Keep it 100 Johnny.

  49. So far, this guy hasn’t done much to impress me. But I honestly would like the guy to succeed as an NFL quarterback for the fans of the Browns that have suffered through quite a few rough seasons. They have a first round pick invested in him, so they should at least give him a chance. If his actions back up his words, he’ll be less of a distraction. But then I was hoping Tim Tebow would succeed too.

  50. I love when anyone can look in the mirror, realize a change is needed, get help, and embrace the challenge to accomplish their dream. I’m rooting for your Johnny M. Stay the course, you’ll be a better man and human being and a inspiration for those that follow. Something tells me you’re going to make it as a pro QB

  51. Thats great but Im not sure his game or his physical tools translate much more to the NFL game because of it.

    For as much of a wreck he as on a personnal level, his football weaknesses are much more concerning because that cannot change.

    Unbelievebale that guy could be drafted in the 1st round. Just the proof that these days the hype machine can make anyone believe anything.

  52. I always said Manziel was someone I’d love to party with but never trust as a QB of my franchise. He’s really giving me nothing to bash him for though in terms of responsibility this offseason, good for him. I am still skeptical of his skill set, but at least hes making good life decisions.

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