Johnny Manziel is at a point in his life where he’s ready to concede that his football career is probably “in the past.”
The former Cleveland Browns quarterback made the declaration in an interview with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for a story that was published Saturday.
“In the past, probably, is the way I’d characterize it,” Manziel told the newspaper when asked about his football career. “I’ve finally got to a point where I’m trying to achieve happiness in life, not happiness on the football field.
“I know a lot of people probably want me to come back and play and give it another chance, but I don’t know, as far as being a person and figuring out life as a young adult — trying to make it and figure it out — if I’ve ever been in a better place than I’m in right now. I can honestly say I’m happy and I’m doing the right things to try and put a smile on my face every day, and that means more to me than going out and grinding on a football field.”
Manziel, 27, last played with the Memphis Express in the Alliance of American Football in 2019, before the league folded. He joined the AAF after being released by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. That league said he couldn’t play for another CFL team.