Johnny Manziel has lived more life at 25 than most people do in a lifetime. He was brilliant, then he was a punchline, and then he disappeared.
There were times over the past few years when we weren’t even sure he was going to be around much longer, much less make a return to football. But he’s crawled out of that dark place and back into the glare of the spotlights and laid it all out on the table. Anyone who’s faced down those demons knows how hard it is to speak about it even just to one person. Johnny’s opening up to the entire world.
This is not about football. Football is his goal, and football is the wonderful by-product that he’s graced us with: the memories, the moments. But beneath the veneer of Johnny Football we tended (himself included, admittedly) to forget about the “Johnny” part.