Johnny Manziel Couldn’t Keep A Job In Football, So Now He’s Back In School, Failed QB Taking Classes At Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel wasn’t able to forge out a career for himself in professional football, so instead it appears that he’s trying a different career path: he’s going back to school.

As the Dallas Morning News reports, Johnny Manziel — also known as Johnny Football — has been spotted on campus at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, and sources indicate that he’s taking classes. One person, perhaps a student, has taken a screenshot of a discussion on a class website, and Johnny Manziel appears to be identifying himself to the fellow students.

If you’re having a hard time reading that text, it says “I am an RPTS major and have been out of school a couple of years but I’m trying to get back on track so I can graduate.”

Manziel never actually finished his degree program — Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) – at Texas A&M, and the last time anyone looked, he was still listed as a senior. And as you’re no doubt aware, the reason Manziel didn’t finish college is because the NFL came calling.

During his three-year college career at A&M, Manziel emerged as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for the Aggies. The former redshirt racked up an impressive list of records, accolades, and awards. His all-American good looks, combined with his prowess on the field, earned him the nickname “Johnny Football.” Most impressive, however, was the Heisman Trophy, which he won in 2012. After the 2013 season, Manziel decided to drop out of college and make a go for it in the NFL.

In the 2014 NFL draft, Manziel was the first-round pick for the Cleveland Browns, and the 22nd pick overall in the draft. He was poised for a promising career in professional football.

Unfortunately, like so many promising pro athletes, Manziel’s career in the NFL was short-lived. In two disastrous seasons with the Browns, Manziel was, by the most generous of evaluations, a middling-to-terrible quarterback. He was let go by the Browns following the 2015-2016 season.

Officially, the NFL considers Johnny Manziel a free agent. Unofficially, it’s unlikely any NFL team will touch him, unless and until he gets his act together.

As much as his performance on the field failed to impress, Manziel’s career has been dogged by off-the-field issues as well.

Even as he still wore the Aggies uniform, Manziel was showing signs of self-destructive off-the-field behavior. In 2012, according to a report from the time by the Byron-College Station Eagle, Manziel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges following an altercation in downtown College Station. Those criminal charges would be followed by other off-the-field shenanigans, up to and including accusations of assault made by his then-girlfriend.

Besides legal issues, Manziel has also been plagued by substance-abuse issues. So bad were his substance-abuse problems that at one point, even his own father called him a “druggie,” according to ESPN.

“He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie. I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don’t know what else to say.”

By June of this year, Manziel had seen the error of his ways — or at least, that’s what he was indicating publicly — and had promised to get clean and sober and put his life back together, according to a CBS News report from the time.

Hopefully, now that he’s a college student again, Manziel will be able to avoid the temptations of drugs and partying and focus on his studies for his senior year.

[Photo by AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File]

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