Johnny Manziel isn’t ruling out making a football comeback just yet.
During an “ask me anything” interview with Bleacher Report, the former NFL quarterback answered questions from fans about topics ranging from playing with Texas A&M to whether he could beat Baker Mayfield in a beer-chugging competition. While Manziel said he can “hold his own” against Mayfield, he hinted, on a more serious note, that he’s still interested in playing in the XFL.
“Every football opportunity is a possibility,” Manziel, 26, said.
Manziel has played for three professional leagues since the Cleveland Browns selected him with the 22nd overall pick out of the 2014 NFL Draft. He then played for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who later traded him to the Montreal Alouettes. He was released in February after CFL officials ruled he had “contravened” terms of his contract.
Manziel joined the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football in mid-March, but the league suspended operations a couple of weeks later.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has previously said he’d like to play for one of the two XFL teams in Texas, either in Dallas or Houston, when the XFL’s reboot debuts in February 2020.
“The biggest draw for me is having two XFL teams in Texas,” Manziel told the Houston Chronicle in June. “I’m still young and in good shape. I’m looking at all opportunities to play.”
Among the other questions Manziel answered Monday was which NFL coach he would want to play for now if given the chance: “Enjoyed my time with Kyle Shanahan. I really did. Think he’s one of the best in the business,” Manziel said.
Manziel also revealed he wants the Saints to win the Super Bowl. As for the College Football Playoff? He thinks either Clemson or Alabama will win it all.
He also offered some advice on getting past mental health issues, which is a topic he’s admitted to struggling with over the years.
“(I) think it’s just continuing to have faith,” Manziel answered. “There are days you think you won’t be able to get through. Take it a day at a time and keep going.”