Manziel to play in Texas Spring League
Johnny Manziel is heading back to Texas.
Whether it was his appearance on Good Morning America or his foray into the Spring League, the former Heisman Trophy winner who played at Texas A&M is making all efforts to rehabilitate his image in a desperate bid to get back into the NFL.
His CFL rights belong to Hamilton, but no one expects Manziel to suit up for the Tiger-Cats, who continue to go about their normal business.
The Ticats issued a statement: “We wish Johnny Manziel well as he embarks upon a return to football.”
Manziel’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, issued a statement to Pro Football Talk: “Teams want to see him in shape and with pads on playing again. So that’s what they’re going to get. Willing to start comeback from the very bottom.”
The Spring League was hatched last season, a three-week scouting developmental camp based in Austin, Texas.
“We’re excited to have such a dynamic player in Johnny Manziel taking part in the Spring League,” the camp’s CEO Brian Woods said in a statement to Bleacher Report. “We believe our platform is the ideal forum for Mr. Manziel to enact his NFL comeback.”
McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a tall, big-armed quarterback who played for the Toronto Argonauts last season, played in the Spring League, as did Ticats receiver Jalen Saunders.
“The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do,” Manziel said in a statement to Bleacher Report. “I miss the competition. I’d like to thank Brian Woods and the Spring League staff for this opportunity to play the game I love. I’ve made my share of mistakes, but I’m 25 years old and I know my best football is ahead of me.”