Johnny Manziel made a significant step forward.
During an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America that aired Monday, the former Texas A&M quarterback spoke about his off-field struggle with alcohol and his attempt to turn around his life. He also revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy during the 2012 season, hasn’t appeared in the NFL since throwing for 1,675 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions for the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Browns selected him 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Shortly after Manziel’s interview with Good Morning America was made public, he used Twitter to thank others for hearing his story. Some responded with messages of support.
Check out a sampling below:
Hope you become the comeback story the NFL needs rn #COMEBACKSZN
— NFL Humor (@NFLHumor) February 12, 2018
As some one with ptsd,severe anxiety and depression I commend you for speaking out!! Nothing funny about mental health issues 🙌🏽🙏🏽
— JustJansen817😏 (@justjansen817) February 12, 2018
Team Johnny here. Thanks for the ComebackSZN swag. Supporting you 100% bud! You will do great things soon!
— BeatinTheBookie.com™ (@BeatinTheBookie) February 12, 2018
— Adam McMahon (@adammickmayon) February 12, 2018
#COMEBACKSZN is already a success just seeing you healthy and overcoming demons. Never give up bro! Sending good vibes 🤙🏻
— Ryan Wilbourn (@RedWolforDie) February 12, 2018
— HUSKIES (@TheBoomstick23) February 12, 2018
I’m always, always rooting for you! Mental health is so important and I’m thankful you are addressing it. Gig em!👍🏼
— Leslie Woods (@LwoodsLeslie) February 12, 2018
— Susan (@tbgfarms) February 12, 2018
I'm rooting for you to succeed Johnny. You're still my homie pic.twitter.com/uXjlG9YxVQ
— Russ Frain (@RussFrain) February 12, 2018
Manziel is hoping to receive another NFL opportunity, and there may be options for him in the Canadian Football League. The recent public campaign by him to raise awareness about his changed mindset is a smart move. At the very least, his recent actions show improved maturity after he gained a reputation as a wild child of sorts away from football. (Even Paul Finebaum was impressed Monday.)
Will all this be enough for Manziel to land another NFL chance? That remains to be seen. He left plenty to be desired during his first NFL stint, but it’s possible to imagine him receiving another opportunity if a team needs a quarterback in a pinch because of an injury situation.
Here’s hoping Manziel continues to keep his life in order. For him, that would be the greatest victory of all, even if he never enters another NFL huddle.