Johnny Manziel is a $6 million dollar American football player. Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner, has played professionally for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.
However, he is arguably best recognized for the numerous controversies in which he has been involved.
Johnny Manziel earned $7 million in his debut year, which included his salary, signing bonus, and endorsements.
He threw for 175 yards with zero passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown during his first season.
The Cleveland Browns cut Johnny on March 11, 2016, after paying him $7,707,913 in salary. Johnny threw seven touchdowns and seven interceptions during his stint on the squad.
Johnny made even more money via endorsements, the most well-known of which was with Nike. Nissan, McDonald’s, and Panini America were among the companies he sponsored.
Johnny inked a multi-year, multi-million dollar endorsement agreement with Nike just before entering the NFL draught when he was still expected to be a first-round pick with a long career. Under Armour and New Balance also put up bids for Manziel. Unfortunately, Johnny was released by Nike and his agents two years later, in April 2016, following a succession of off-field issues.
If Johnny had put up even a mediocre performance throughout his time in the NFL, he was expected to earn over $100 million in pay and endorsements.
On December 6, 1992, Jonathan Paul Manziel was born in Tyler, Texas. He has a younger sister named Meri and is of Italian and Lebanese ancestry.
Because of their interests in the oil and natural gas industry, Johnny’s parents are extremely successful and affluent.
He participated in a variety of sports as a kid, including football, basketball, baseball, and golf, but during his time at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, he chose to concentrate on football and baseball.
He began his high school football career as a receiver, shifting to quarterback only in the fourth game of his sophomore year.
He rapidly drew notice as a quarterback due to his remarkable statistics; during his senior year, he had a 65.7 percent completion rate for 3,609 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.
He was twice named the San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year, the National High School Coaches Association Senior Athlete of the Year in Football, and a Parade All-American, among other honors.
He was recruited by a number of institutions, including Baylor, Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Oregon Rice, Stanford, Tulsa, and Texas A&M.
He chose Texas A&M University, where he obtained an academic scholarship, to enroll and play football. Texas A&M needed to fill a void after quarterback Ryan Tannehill left for the NFL after the 2011 season.
Manziel beat over Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel to take over as the starting quarterback. He gained notoriety after breaking Archie Manning’s 43-year-old total offense record against Arkansas, and he proceeded to impress.
Manziel started appearing on Heisman Watch rankings after guiding Texas A&M to a victory over top-ranked Alabama.
He set records by being the first freshman in NCAA history (and only the fifth player overall) to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
He also made history as the first freshman to win both the Davey O’Brien Award and the Heisman Trophy. He was voted sixth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting after his sophomore season at Texas A&M.
Manziel decided to bypass his junior season at Texas A&M and join the 2014 NFL Draft instead. He was expected to be a first-round pick, but there were still questions about his attitude, and many people were wary of him.
On draught day, 21 clubs including the Cleveland Browns passed on Manziel, but a text he sent to Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains eventually persuaded head coach Mike Pettine to take him with the 22nd overall choice.
Manziel only stayed with the Browns for two seasons, both of which were marred by problems.
He was fined $12,000 by the NFL for a nasty hand gesture he made in a preseason loss to the Washington Redskins during his rookie season in 2014, resulting in Brian Hoyer being designated the starting quarterback for the first regular-season game.
After footage of him partying surfaced online during the 2015 season, Manziel was demoted to the third-string quarterback.
Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns on March 11, 2016, after paying him $7,707,913 in compensation. He threw seven touchdowns and seven interceptions during his career with the squad.
He subsequently took a two-year hiatus from football, much of it owing to continuing contract discussions, until signing a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2018. CFL.
However, he was only a benchwarmer for six weeks until being moved to the Montreal Alouettes in July 2018. The CFL eventually cut relations with Manziel, and the Alouettes dismissed him on league orders.
In March 2019, Manziel joined the newly-formed Alliance of American Football (AAF), where he was assigned to the Memphis Express franchise.
The league, however, declared bankruptcy in April 2019, having yet to complete a single season. Manziel is not currently signed to any professional football team as of April 2020.
Personal Life and Controversies
In March 2017, Manziel proposed to Bre Tiesi, and the couple married in March 2018. The pair, however, divorced after only a year together.
Manziel’s career has been tarnished by multiple problems and run-ins with the law, despite his ability on the field.
He was arrested for the first time in June of 2012 before he had even played his first college football game.
According to reports, one of Manziel’s buddies was involved in an altercation that he tried to stop but became embroiled in, and after the event, he presented the officials with a bogus ID. Regardless, he was chosen as Texas A&M University’s starting quarterback.
His troublesome behavior persisted throughout college and into his professional career, attracting a lot of media attention.
Getting kicked out of a University of Texas fraternity party, an NCAA investigation into allegedly accepting payments for autographs for which he was found not guilty, being pulled over for fighting with then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in the car, and a Dallas Police Department investigation into domestic violence claims by Crowley in 2016 are among the incidents he was eventually indicted on misdemeanor assault charges.
His actions off the field resulted in the Cleveland Browns cutting relations with him, the loss of his Nike sponsorship agreement, and the termination of his client status by not one, but two different agencies.