Johnny Manziel commits to The Spring League showcase


On Wednesday, Manziel announced on social media that he will be joining the Spring League, a three-week scouting event based in the Texas state capital of Austin.

Manziel says he's been working out and trying to convince some National Football League team to give him a second chance.

In an ABC interview on Monday, Manziel opened up about being bi-polar and sinking into deep depression.

Previous participants in the Spring League include running back Fred Jackson, tight end Kellen Winslow II, quarterback Ricky Stanzi and running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Clearly, it is Manziel's goal to get back to the National Football League at some point, but that door is slammed shut right now.

He says he was diagnosed as bipolar about a year ago, and perhaps that discovery has been the catalyst to his recovery and ultimately his renewed focus.

Though The Spring League is not affiliated with the NFL, it recruits players with previous NFL experience who are looking to return to pro football, making it a good fit for Manziel.

The 25-year-old spent just two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a first-round pick in 2014. "When I would wake up the next day after a night like that, going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that is all gone, that liquid courage, or that liquid. sense of euphoria that is over you, is all gone".

In his two seasons with Cleveland, Manziel played in 15 games and started eight.

"We're excited to have such a dynamic player in Johhny Manziel taking part in the Spring League", Spring League CEO Brian Woods said in a statement provided to Bleacher Report.

"That's what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression", he continued.

I used to ask people all the time if they were hoping he'd make a comeback.

For now, it's refreshing, and to those close to Manziel I would imagine a very big relief, to see Johnny Football looking human again, lest we forget the zombie-like state to which he'd spiraled a couple years ago.