Former Texas A&M QB and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is coming back to pro football, just not in the league he wants to be just yet.
The #ComebackSzn has been a wild ride for former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. From throwing at multiple pro days, including his alma mater’s, to participating in the brand new Spring League, his attempt to get back to the NFL has been well-documented.
Now, it appears he will get back to playing professional football, just not in the place he’s trying to be just yet.
On the official Barstool Sports instagram account, Manziel announced he will officially sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
He also announces in the video that he will form a partnership with Barstool and do a podcast. Podcasts are all the rave right now and several professional athletes have gotten on board with their own. Now, you’ll get to hear from Johnny Football himself.
According to the Tiger-Cats official Twitter account, they start their training camp tomorrow.
This is another step in Johnny Football’s comeback, one that certainly appears necessary. While there may be other reasons, the fact that no team has been willing to sign Colin Kaepernick, who is by all accounts a better quarterback and led a team to a Super Bowl, didn’t bode well for Manziel’s comeback.
Despite the fact that some scouts said Johnny looked better than he did at his own pre-draft Pro Day in 2014, teams are not going to take a chance on a guy who flamed out of the NFL because of off-the-field problems.
Johnny Football has to show he isn’t that guy anymore by performing on the football field. He wouldn’t be the first quarterback to make a name for himself in the CFL before joining the NFL. Warren Moon won five CFL Grey Cups before being picked up by the NFL. He ended up becoming a nine-time Pro Bowl player in the NFL.
While Moon is certainly the exception and not the rule, it’s a path a quarterback has taken before, and clearly Manziel needs to get back on the football field before an NFL team will take a chance on him.