Entertainment Sports Johnny Manziel Announces He's 'Turning Over a New Page' — and Going by a New First Name Manziel, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, recently confirmed his split from wife Bre Tiesi By Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 9, 2019 03:02 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 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. Andrew Weber/Getty 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. RELATED: Johnny Manziel Confirms ‘Very Personal and Very Sad’ Split from Wife Bre Tiesi “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.