- Also Known As:
- Jonathan, John, Johnny Football
- Date of Birth:
- December 6, 1992
- 5' 11"
Johnny Manziel (born Jonathan Paul Manziel in Tyler, Texas on Dec. 6, 1992) is an American football quarterback. Johnny grew up playing a variety of sports, including basketball, football, golf and baseball. While at Tivy High School, he focused on baseball and football, with his natural talent drawing comparisons to quarterbacks like Brett Farve and Drew Bees. He started off as a receiver but shifted to quarterback. Parade magazine named him an All-American his senior year and he went to play for Texas A&M University. He broke numerous records during his freshman season and was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2014, he entered the NFL draft. He was the 22nd overall draft pick, going to the Cleveland Browns. However, he wasn’t named the team’s starting quarterback, and he didn’t make his debut until Nov. 2014 in a game against the Buffalo Bills. During his first year, Johnny struggled, suffering a hamstring injury and failing to find the success he had in college. In 2015, he threw his first career passing touchdown in a 31-10 loss to the New York Jets. On March 11, 2016, the Browns cut Johnny.
Best Known For:
Johnny Manziel is best known as a professional football player who used to play for the Cleveland Browns.
Johnny Manziel is close friends with rapper Drake and NBA superstar Lebron James. Johnny was suspended from Texas A&M for the first half of the season opener against Rice University after he was accused of accepting money in exchange for autographs. The NCAA ultimately did not find any proof that he had been taking payments, however. He as fined $12,000 for a rude hand gesture during a 2014 preseason game. In Feb. 2015, Johnny checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction. In Oct. 2015, Johnny was pulled over after fighting in his car with his then girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. He later admitted to having a few drinks earlier in the night. In Jan. 2016, Johnny allegedly assaulted Colleen, though he denied the accusation.