Von Miller isn’t Johnny Manziel’s roommate after all, but he still wants to help the troubled quarterback get through the adversity he’s currently facing.
“[I want to just] remind him of who he is,” Miller told reporters at a press conference on Saturday, via Avi Zaleon of The Dallas Morning News. “The Johnny Manziel who I first met. The fun-loving, outgoing Johnny Manziel who cared about everybody. Where he’s at, it’s hard to know what’s up, down, right, wrong – I’ve been there. And it was people like me who reminded me what was right and what was wrong, that’s what I’m trying to do for Johnny.”
Miller spoke to reporters at DeSoto High School where his accomplishments were celebrated with a “Von Miller Day” that included the Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl MVP getting a key to the city. But three years ago, Miller was arrested in August 2013 for failing to appear in court on driving-related charges, and then cited a month later for driving with a suspended license.
He also served a suspension for the first six games of the 2013 season after reportedly attempting to cheat a drug test.
“There’s a lot of factors I can’t go into but adversity is adversity,” Miller said on Saturday. “No matter how big or small. As human beings we all struggle with consistency, I think people forget that. When you see Johnny, you’re quick to bash, but we all have problems with consistency and I’m here to help him.”
Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns in March, two years after he was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was dropped by his agent, Erik Burkhardt, in February after an alleged domestic assault incident that Manziel still could be charged for, and is currently facing an ultimatum from agent Drew Rosenhaus to enter rehab or lose a second agent.
“He’s had people walk out on him,” Miller said. “He’s had people who have given up on him. I’m not going to be that guy. I’ve never been that guy. Johnny’s my brother. I didn’t play with him at Texas A&M, but he’s my brother and we have a unique relationship. I’m here to help him no matter what it is. I’m tied to him, good or bad. You can’t ever count anybody out and I think everybody who has counted him out is just wrong.”
Miller played at Texas A&M from 2007-10 and was the second overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Manziel arrived at the university in 2011 and took over as starter in 2012 after a redshirt season. He became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and entered the 2014 NFL Draft after two seasons, racking up 63 passing touchdowns and 30 rushing touchdowns with the Aggies.