Johnny Manziel reportedly will return to a football field soon.
As relayed by Bleacher Report’s Alec Nathan on Wednesday, the former Texas A&M quarterback accepted an invitation to play in the Spring League, which is a scouting event in Austin, Texas, that held its inaugural season last year. The league is comprised of four teams that play two games apiece, and the action will be televised on Turner Sports’ streaming service, per Nathan. Manziel will be on the South team.
“Football has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Manziel said in a statement to Bleacher Report. “Sometimes you take for granted how much you value something until it’s gone. My goal is to make it back to the NFL and I realize I have to earn that privilege. The Spring League has provided me with a great opportunity to play ball again, and ultimately, that is all I want to do. 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.”
Here’s the schedule for the event, as shared by Bleacher Report:
Saturday, April 7
12:30 p.m.: Spring League East vs. Spring League West
4:30 p.m.: Spring League North vs. Spring League South (Manziel)
Saturday, April 14
12:30 p.m.: Spring League North vs. Spring League East
4:30 p.m.: Spring League West vs. Spring League South (Manziel)
Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy during the 2012 season, has been attempting a comeback after being away from football following a stint with the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.The Browns selected him 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he threw for 1,675 yards with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as part of the franchise.
On Monday, an interview featuring Manziel aired on ABC’s Good Morning America in which the former Aggies quarterback spoke about his struggle with alcohol and a recent bipolar diagnosis.
The Spring League has featured other players such as running back Fred Jackson, tight end Kellen Winslow II, quarterback Ricky Stanzi and running back Ahmad Bradshaw. This would seem to be a quality way for Manziel to get back into football shape and gain some valuable reps. It will be interesting to see how he fares moving forward.
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