Former NFL teammate blasts Johnny Manziel on NFL Network
Johnny Manziel’s shortcomings in the National Football League have been well-documented by many. Even the Heisman trophy winner himself has admitted to not being fully committed at the time. Now, nearly 5 years later, the former Cleveland quarterback’s past is getting thrust back into the spotlight after an old teammate reflected on his two-year stint with the Browns.
While discussing Cleveland’s signing of pro bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr., former NFL wideout-turned analyst Nate Burleson (who spent one training camp with the Browns before getting cut prior to the 2014 season opener), used Manziel’s tumultuous tenure as an example of what Beckham should avoid doing.
As seen in the video below at 6:10 mark, the 11-year pro stated when he was in Cleveland, “Johnny Manziel couldn’t wait to leave that facility… When guys were studying the playbook his tires were screeching out of the parking lot. Hours later he had his feet propped up courtside at a playoff game. Hours later he’s in Vegas on a float… You’ve got all of the time in the world to be a superstar, but you have to be a football player first in Cleveland”.
Burleson’s harsh words come on the heels of Manziel’s release from the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, however, the former Aggie legend appears to be fully focused on returning to the game, as he’s since teamed back up with heralded QB coach George Whitfield this offseason.
Despite his checkered past and the media frenzy that will inevitably follow him to his new team, Manziel has shown flashes on the professional level of the player he once was at Texas A&M. His second season with the Browns he threw for nearly 400 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, ran for 115 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and led the NFL in touchdown passes of 50 yards or more.
In Canada, he threw for nearly 1,300 yards and 5 touchdowns after a rocky beginning and started to build some momentum after winning the starting job the last few weeks of the season.
#2 still has a long journey in front of him if he wants back into an NFL building, however, his demeanor and work ethic appears to be vastly improved compared to his days in Ohio.