We have seen the ups and downs of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, but we have not seen this one before.
Many of you know by now that I am a huge Johnny Manziel #Comeback$ZN supporter! He is the man, and the most exciting college QB to ever play the game. His success at Texas A&M unfortunately did not transition into the NFL for a number of reasons. Alcohol, maturity, and decline in skill; but do we actually know the cause of it all?
“I’m trying to get to a point to come back to be able to step on the football field again in whatever capacity that is,” Manziel said. “I am watching all the other guys doing what I want to be doing, and I am sitting on a couch being a loser.”
I’m a firm believer in 2nd chances. You are only considered a LOSER, if you don’t learn from your failures. Ever since Manziel’s NFL collapse, he has since been under the radar. We have criticized this man (as if we’ve done everything in life right) and little did we know he was struggling on a different level off cameras.
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Johnny Manziel expressed the daily struggle that led to his failure, and what he has done since to fix it.
“For a while I got so ingrained, caring only for what Johnny wanted, only caring what mattered to me, what made me happy. When I look back at it now, even when I thought I was doing what I wanted, I was miserable,” Manziel said.
Manziel admitted that for years, “I was self-medicating with alcohol. That’s what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression.”
Johnny Manziel has been sober now, and is making his mental health a priority. Manziel was diagnosed with depression, and bipolar disorder, which he has then been focusing on to progress.
The NFL comeback is something that Manziel has been working hard towards these past couple off-seasons, but he admits, “I am coming back from a huge downfall. I don’t know what kind of comeback it will be, but I know I want to get back on a football field, to what brought me so much joy in my life.”
Depression and alcoholism is not a joke, and when someone acknowledges those struggles with the intention to fix it, that speaks a lot about their character. Johnny Manziel, I am rooting for this comeback! #Comeback$ZN