Manziel, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, recently confirmed his split from wife Bre Tiesi
Johnny Manziel is no more.
At least, that’s what the former Heisman Trophy winner hopes.
During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show this week, Manziel announced that he’s been going by a new name to mark the next chapter of his life.
“I have a little update for you,” he said on the show. “I actually go by John these days. So, I’m kind of just turning over the page and moving forward a little bit.”
Manziel, who picked up the nickname “Johnny Football” as the star quarterback at Texas A&M in 2012, is hoping “John Manziel” will lead to better things after a tumultuous start to 2019.
The 26-year-old confirmed last month that he and wife Bre Tiesi separated just days after he made his debut with the Alliance of American Football, a new professional sports league that folded a short time later, leaving him without a job.
But over the last several years, Manziel has been the subject of controversy, due to partying and legal troubles, which followed him from college to his short-lived stint with the Cleveland Browns.
After being released by the Browns, Manziel joined the Canadian Football League before signing with the AAF this season.
With the league no longer in operation, Manziel is hoping he can rejoin the NFL — with his days as “Johnny” behind him.
“All I want is an opportunity to come in and prove that, I believe, I’m a different person these days,” he told Patrick. “I believe that I’m willing to put in the work to get to where I want to be, and I’m not scared of that anymore.”
Two other quarterbacks who saw play time in the AAF, Luis Perez and Garrett Gilbert, have since signed with teams in the NFL.
If Manziel doesn’t find a football gig in the next year, he may still be up to join Vince McMahon’s XFL in 2020.