Former Browns QB Claims He’s Taught Himself To Be Sober
The never-ending fraternity boy of the NFL has quit drinking, quit partying.
“I refuse to let my entire life of sports from the age of 4 be squandered by partying,” Johnny Manziel wrote (rather randomly, don’t you think?) to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
So his party days are over, he proclaims. Yet the cynical sportswriter in me says “yeah, sure.”
Manziel wants to get back into the NFL. Of course he does; it’s a job that pays millions, sets one up financially for life, provides access to all kinds of gorgeous girls, gets him into Vegas pool parties and no doubt some other really incredible private events, and in general is a bachelor’s fantasy lifestyle.
But along with it – as is the case with any job – comes responsibility. And Manziel has shown he’s anything but responsible.
So are we now to believe he’s suddenly woken up and seen the light? That he’s now fully sober with no professional treatment as he wrote to Werder (this likely means he’s just laid off the sauce for a while but it’s surely no guarantee of being a long-term cure).
I’ve always been told that you can’t change the spots on a leopard. And Manziel has a lot of spots to change.
“I just got sick of it,” Manziel wrote to Werder. “One day I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and realized I could really help people in the position I’m in.
“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.”
His pen will be certainly clicking soon, as he’s signing autographs at two Texas memorabilia stores during Super Bowl week. Let’s see if he shows up cocktailing at any of the parties.