Johnny Manziel has burned just about every bridge he’s known, but according to the Heisman winner, those self-destructive days are behind him as he was introduced as the newest member of the AAF’s Memphis Express.
“I guess I’ve just changed the way I used to live life,” Manziel told reporters Tuesday. “I got immersed and lost in a bunch of things that only gave me temporary happiness. (Now), I started focusing on things I really care about: family, football, trying to better my life and have a routine that makes things work, and not one that makes things break like they did a couple years ago.”
“I’m very excited to be here.”
Watch Johnny Manziel’s introductory press conference.
— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) March 19, 2019
Manziel — cut late last month by the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL for violating his contract — was signed Saturday by the Express (1-5) and could see the field as early as Sunday against the Birmingham Iron (4-2).
Brandon Silvers is the current starter for Memphis with Christian Hackenberg benched and Zach Mettenberger injured. If given the chance, Manziel believes he still brings something special to the position.
“I have a lot of confidence in my skill level,” he said. “I don’t get away from the game very often. I keep a ball in my hand and stay working out almost daily. I think I still have a unique skill-set and the ability to play at any level anywhere… I’m mentally hungry.”
Though that hunger currently lives in Memphis, Manziel’s ultimate goal is clear. When asked if he still wants to find his way back into the NFL he responded: “Absolutely. Without a doubt.”