The XFL weren’t the only ones in Houston this weekend. Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was appearing at the TriStar collectors show on Saturday, where he discussed his XFL possibilities with multiple reporters. He told the Houston Chronicle that part of his interest would be based on the team’s proximity to Texas A&M, where he was a Heisman Trophy winner.
“It’s a stone’s throw from College Station,” Manziel told the Houston Chronicle “A lot of Aggies drove from Houston to College Station. Houston’s a great city that’ll always be near and dear to me.”
Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and was a 2014 first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. When his NFL career didn’t pan out, he made stops in the CFL and now defunct AAF.
Current XFL Houston Head Coach/General Manager, June Jones coached Manziel when he first joined the CFL.
“I enjoyed every single day I had with coach Jones,” Manziel said. “Being in his offense was the best part of each day. I know he’s going to be successful wherever he’s coaching.”
The CFL essentially banned Manziel from the league, after he was released by the Montreal Alouettes after being “unable to abide by the terms of his agreement.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. Since the XFL will be utilizing a draft system, Manziel would need to take his chances on where he lands if he decides to come to the league. There is no guarantee that he would land in either Dallas or Houston. Coach Jones has already said he would love to work with Manziel, so if Houston does end up getting the #1 pick, this may all come to fruition.