Could Texas A&M football legend Johnny Manziel make a return to pro football?

The interest in the former Texas A&M football player and Heisman winner is high in this professional league.

Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies former quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the
Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies former quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M football legend Johnny Manziel could be making a return to a professional league

It seems like Johnny Manziel has been in the public eye quite a lot recently—and not just in Texas A&M football circles. Last August’s documentary, an interview during Texas A&M’s game against ULM, the interview on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast, and now the camera time during the recent March Madness game are all examples of this.

Manziel is obviously a very polarizing character, even within the Texas A&M fan base. That is a lot of what both the documentary and with the podcast dealt with—his time in College Station and in Cleveland, with a focus on the off-the-field matters.

In both of those specific appearances, Manziel seemed to make clear that he was done with professional football. That chapter in his life was over, from what he was saying. He was content with moving on to other things.

That doesn’t mean, however, that he doesn’t still carry some cache. The doc and the podcast are evidence of that, both drawing huge viewership and generating a lot of discussion.

In that vein, it makes a lot of sense that the newly-relaunched Arena League would be trying to get Manziel on the field for one of their teams. According to a New York Post report, the league commissioner—Lee Hutton III—has reached out to gauge Manziel’s interest.

So, would Johnny Football entertain a return to the sport that he once dominated at Texas A&M? I personally would be surprised if so. He really seemed earnest when he was saying that he was done with playing professionally. Of course, sometimes things in life change—often faster than we think they might. Manziel could take advantage of the renewed interest and give it a go—even if for just one more season. I’m sure Texas A&M football fans everywhere would want to see what happens if so.