Former Heisman winner and Cleveland Brows QB Johnny Manziel spoke with Good Morning America about his sobriety and trying to make an NFL comeback.
In his interview, Manziel also revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year. He’s since stopped drinking, started taking medication, and is seeing improvements. Now, he says he wants back on the football field.
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”I am watching all the other guys doing what I want to be doing and I am sitting on a couch being a loser,” Manziel said.
Manziel was released from the Browns after 2 seasons and posting a 2-6 career record as a starter.
Just more than a year after being released, he went through legal trouble after striking his ex-girlfriend.
He hasn’t sniffed an opportunity in the NFL since then. He told GMA he had fallen into a depression, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year “sometime around June or July.”
”At the end of the day I can’t help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours, I can’t help my mental makeup of the way that I was created,” Manziel said. “But I know if I stay on these meds and I continue to do what I am doing right now … I think my dad, my mom, I think [girlfriend Bre Tiesi], would all agree that they see a drastic change.”
He told GMA’s T.J. Holmes that taking care of his mental health is more important than anything.
”I don’t know what kind of comeback it will be,” he said, “but I know I want to get back on a football field to what brought me so much joy in my life and it makes me happy doing as my job.”
Manziel will have a contract approved by the CFL for him to play in 2018, which seems to be the first step to an NFL comeback. His rights are currently held by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.