Johnny Manziel is a former college football stud that may go down as one of the biggest “what if” players in the history of the league. Nicknamed “Johnny Football”, Manziel was born and raised in Texas, where he starred as a high school quarterback. During his senior year of high school, he recorded a total of 77 touchdowns from passing, rushing, receiving and even a kickoff return.
Manziel carried his football success to the college level at Texas A&M University. He played two seasons for the Aggies after redshirting his freshman season. He was awarded the 2012 Heisman Trophy, recorded 63 career passing touchdowns and 30 career rushing touchdowns in just two seasons.
Johnny would enter the 2014 NFL Draft, where his draft stock seemed to be on somewhat of a roller coaster. On draft night, after falling towards the later part of the first round, the Cleveland Browns decided to trade up to select Manziel as the 22nd overall pick. Johnny Manziel would cost the Browns the 26th overall pick, a third-round pick and years of headaches.
For a multitude of reasons, Manziel’s career is likely over before it ever really got started. For a kid that showed so much promise through the various levels of football, it is disappointing to see it all come crashing down so fast. NFL teams refuse to give Manziel another shot at a NFL contract and here are 15 reasons why: