Johnny Manziel has bad news for any football fans that were hoping that The Rock’s recent purchase of the XFL might convince the former Heisman Trophy winner to return to the gridiron.
TMZ Sports recently caught up with the former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback. Manziel said his football playing days are “a little behind” him.
“Listen, anything The Rock touches is gonna be gold as always,” Manziel said outside of Saddle Ranch in Los Angeles. “But I think football is a little bit behind me.”
Out of the NFL since 2016, Manziel’s last professional football appearance came with the Memphis Express of the now defunct Alliance of American Football. The 27-year-old did not quite the close door on a possible comeback at some point.
“You never say never, I’m still an athletic guy … but at the end of the day, let’s see where the rest of life takes me and we’ll go from there,” Manziel said.
Manziel said his priorities are elsewhere right now.
“Football for me is not at the forefront of my mind. It’s just chillin’ and being one of the bros.”
There was a lot of speculation among the fans when the XFL was preparing for it’s 2020 season that Manziel would be one of the tier 1 quarterbacks. The XFL Draft came and went and Manziel was nowhere to be found. Former Commissioner Oliver Luck was on record as of saying that the lineup of quarterbacks they had obtained out-shined Manziel and the league had no use for him.
Clearly, since then a lot has changed. the XFL will need to find as many solid football players as possible for their third re-boot. But, if you were a Johnny Football fan hoping to see him in the XFL, it seems like you’re out of luck.