HOOVER, Ala. — Johnny Manziel last played for Texas A&M in 2013, but he’s still a topic of conversation at the 2016 version of SEC Media Days.
During the course of the last few months, Manziel has lost his NFL job, encountered legal trouble with an ex-girlfriend, become a regular on TMZ for his partying ways and has taken impromptu trips to Mexico.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was asked about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who was released by the Cleveland Browns during the off-season after just two seasons with the team.
While Sumlin didn’t want to divulge the particulars of his conversation with his former quarterback, he did acknowledge that they have been in contact during what has to be considered a rough stretch for Manziel, even by his extreme standards.
“I have exchanged text messages with Johnny Manziel over the course of the past few weeks and that’s about the extent of it,” Sumlin said. “Here’s the bottom line– he’s an Aggie. And he’s always going to be an Aggie. At Texas A&M we take care of each other.”
Sumlin was pressed a little further on the subject with questions about whether he, as a head coach, could have done more to help Manziel during his time in College Station.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of things that could have been done prior to these situations,” Sumlin said. “Everything gets lumped into one piece with him. That’s just part of it.”
Manziel put up prolific numbers during his two-year stint in Sumlin’s offense. He threw for 7,820 yards and rushed for 2,169 more while accumulating 93 total touchdowns.