Johnny Manziel after first game action since 2019: Win or lose, we booze

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The “Days Since the last Johnny Manziel post” sign at PFT was about to turn to 15. We will have to reset it to zero.

On Saturday, Manziel played his first game since 2019 when he was with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football. He debuted in the Fan Controlled Football (FCF) league.

Manziel’s highlight came on his first snap, a 38-yard scramble that brought back memories of his Heisman Trophy days at Texas A&M.

Manziel went 1-for-5 for 11 yards but ran for 67 and a touchdown on eight carries as his Zappers lost to the Beasts 48-44.

“The product will keep getting better as the weeks go on,’’ Manziel said, via USA Today. “Good start even with the loss. You know, win or lose we booze on the Zappers.”

Manziel, 28, won the Heisman in 2012, was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2014 and last played in the NFL in 2015. He had a short stint in the CFL before his brief appearance in the AAF.

Manziel said last summer his playing career was “in the past, probably.”

That was before the FCF, a seven-on-seven league played on a 50-by-35-yard field with 10-yard end zones, called Manziel for what turned into a win-win between the start-up league and the still popular quarterback. Manziel is the top draw for the FCF, which has Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Austin Ekeler as investors.

“Feels like I’m super washed up, but still had a blast,” Manziel said. “That was the most fun I’ve had in a while.”

Manziel’s best football days are behind him, and he even noted that a few years ago he would have scored on the initial scramble that saw him dragged down inside the 5-yard line.

“You see me get caught from behind, too?” Manziel said. “Times have changed. We’re definitely in 2021.”

Manziel repeated how much fun he had, which is something he hasn’t lost.

34 responses to “Johnny Manziel after first game action since 2019: Win or lose, we booze

  1. This league gonna be huge with the Twitch gamers. Control a real game. Kids don’t care about big name players, they just want to be in control of the video game.

  2. “You know, win or lose we booze on the Zappers.”

    This is the REAL Johnny Football. Hope he sticks around.

  3. “Win or lose, we booze.”

    I hope that mind-set was worth the mega, multi-million dollar career you threw away. Party on, Johnny. I doubt you make it to 40.

  4. Are they paid to play? If so, I guess the “pro football talk” qualifies to discuss him. Personally, I’d stick to the NFL & snippets of NCAA/CFL top prospects, when necessary.

  5. Guess this is what one does when mom and dad are giving you an allowance at 28. At least he quit partying…oh wait

  6. Johnny Manziel is the John Daly of professional football, only with less success. What is he – an athlete with a 10 cent head, or simply spoiled from childhood?

  7. 50 years ago this kind of attitude would have had him leading the Jets to a SB title.

    How times have changed 🙁

  8. “What is he – an athlete with a 10 cent head, or simply spoiled from childhood?”

    Affluenza is very real in Texas.

  9. A million people claimed to have had a drink with Bobby Layne and their all telling the truth.

  10. “A million people claimed to have had a drink with Bobby Layne and their all telling the truth.”

    Nice Bobby Layne reference, LOL. Layne was actually a Hall of Fame player though. Manziel may or may not have had the talent but he just self-destructed.

  11. As a Kap guy, this terrible performance by Manziel shows how fast you can lose it when you step away from the game. Maybe Kap has lost some steps too.

  12. All the negative judgement on Manziel.
    We just saw Tom Brady stumbling drunk and that was so “cool”.
    Gronkowski could say the same thing as Manziel and everyone would be falling over themselves to say how “awesome” Gronk is.

  13. crayoninbrain says:
    February 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm
    Guess this is what one does when mom and dad are giving you an allowance at 28. At least he quit partying…oh wait
    _____________

    The guy has a net worth of $6 million. We can laugh all we want, he has more money than most of us will make in our lives.

  14. mackcarrington says:
    February 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    All the negative judgement on Manziel.
    We just saw Tom Brady stumbling drunk and that was so “cool”.
    Gronkowski could say the same thing as Manziel and everyone would be falling over themselves to say how “awesome” Gronk is

    ———

    It helps a little that Brady probably doesn’t drink but once per year. He was celebrating a Super Bowl victory. Seems allowable, no?

    That, and Gronk has everyone fooled. The guy is a focused football player.

    Oh, one more thing—they’re the best ever at each of their respective positions. Manziel is a never-was.

  15. mackcarrington says:
    February 14, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    All the negative judgement on Manziel.
    We just saw Tom Brady stumbling drunk and that was so “cool”.
    Gronkowski could say the same thing as Manziel and everyone would be falling over themselves to say how “awesome” Gronk is

    ———

    It helps a little that Brady probably doesn’t drink but once per year. He was celebrating a Super Bowl victory. Seems allowable, no?

    That, and Gronk has everyone fooled. The guy is a focused football player.

    Oh, one more thing—they’re the best ever at each of their respective positions. Manziel is a never-was.

    —————–

    I get it. There’s justifiable, acceptable drunk…and then there’s “well this guy’s a loser, so we don’t like his particular brand of drunk”.

  16. arnoldziffel says:
    February 14, 2021 at 5:47 pm
    Johnny Manziel is the John Daly of professional football, only with less success. What is he – an athlete with a 10 cent head, or simply spoiled from childhood?
    ================================================================
    I wouldn’t compare the two. Daly earned and lost his own money, while Manziel had it handed to him. Manziel never had the talent to be truly great in the NFL compared to what Daly could have done in pro golf if he had dropped the drinking and gambling. Daly even flashed his abilities among the best, winning both the PGA Championship and the British Open, and he’s been active in pro golf for 30 years, both playing (even though he hasn’t been exempt from qualifying since 2007) and designing some golf courses as well.

  17. Typical Clowns bust, at QB. Faker Mayfield will be looking for his golf buddies in a few yrs, as well. But not before the Clowns sign him to a Wentz-level-mistake deal.

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