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Johnny Manziel Eager For NFL Return After Getting Sober

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel has claimed to have shed his partying ways after receiving supportive care in the form of inpatient rehab, and desperately wants another chance to play for the NFL.

The 24-year-old was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL draft after a hugely successful college career at Texas A&M. His inconsistent play and erratic behavior off the field led to a 10-week rehab stint in February 2015, shortly after his rookie season. But Manziel continued partying after treatment.

He later had a domestic violence case opened against him by an ex-girlfriend in February 2016. Manziel was dropped by his manager, marketing agency and Nike in the first four months of the year. He was suspended for the first four games of 2016 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and was ultimately cut by the Browns at the end of he season.

But the former NFL player insists he has turned his life around and gotten sober on his own. He said in a message to ESPN’s Ed Werner that the thought of losing his livelihood scared him straight and that he is determined to restore his reputation.

“I refuse to let me entire life of sports from age 4 be squandered by partying. I just got sick of it. One day I didn’t like what I saw and realized I could really help people in the position I’m in,” wrote Manziel. “I love sports, I love football and when you take something away from yourself, you realize it the hard way. The happiness from doing it sober has been ASTRONOMICAL. Beyond my wildest imagination and once that continued, other good things started happening in my life and it just clicked.”

Manziel has also been tweeting about his new attitude. He wrote on Jan. 19, “Haven’t been this happy in a long time man. I appreciate all the people in my life who reached out during the truly rough patches in ’16.”  The football player also tweeted that same day, “No lie… I was a douche in 2016 I’m just trying to be a good PERSON again #LostInTheSauce.”

Supportive Care Matters would like to wish Manziel all the best in his recovery journey.