Paul Finebaum had been one of the most vocal critics of Johnny Manziel as the former Texas A&M quarterback went from superstar and Heisman Trophy winner to NFL draft bust and washout. But now it seems these two personalities have put that behind them.
Finebaum sent out a tweet saying that he had rewatched Manziel’s Good Morning America interview in which Manziel owned up to his mistakes and admitted that he had bipolar disorder and he that would use alcohol to deal with it. Manziel also admitted that he was “super depressed” at times and that he has now quit drinking.
The ESPN commentator tweeted: “Watching @Jmanziel interview again and appreciate his candor. Handled incredibly difficult subject with aplomb. Many suffering have already reacted on show and say Johnny Helped them immensely by speaking out. Like everyone hoping for the best.”
Manziel responded to Finebaum’s tweet a few hours later and admitted that had “a certain dislike” in his heart about Finebaum, but he had since let that go. The former Aggies QB also added that he appreciated Finebaum saying what he did.
You can see Manziel’s full response below.
As we all know you have been one of my biggest critics. I had a certain dislike in my heart about you that I’ve let go of. There’s more to life than just football and my health as a person comes before football everyday of the week. I appreciate you saying this.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 13, 2018
Manziel has stated that he wants to make a comeback in the NFL, which he has not been part of since the 2015-16 season. Manziel also added in an interview with Pardon My Take that he was unhappy that Cleveland drafted him and that he should’ve gone higher in the 2014 NFL Draft than he did. He added that both of those sentiments were wrong.
While Manziel may still have a long road ahead of him, it seems that a lot of people will be rooting for him to succeed along the way. And it’s worth adding that while his stint with the Cleveland Browns was far from perfect, he did show some signs of being a competent quarterback. And the Browns did win more games with Manziel as a starter during his final season with the Browns than they have in the two years since they cut him.
Manziel is only 25 years old and has seen some interest from the CFL.