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Can Johnny Manziel Make a Successful NFL Comeback?

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns rolls out of the pocket at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel has come out of his silence from the public sphere this week. Manziel has been able to stay sober without the help of professional assistance and believes he is ready to resume his NFL career.

Manziel was the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns and his professional career has been a rollercoaster on and off the field. Manziel was in rehab for 10 weeks after his rookie season and violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy and received a suspension for the first four games of this past season . Manziel also faced the potential of a greater suspension when the NFL investigated if he violated the personal-conduct policy.

The former Heisman trophy winner has had plenty of time to reflect on himself and wants to turn his life and career around and get back on the football field.

Manziel spoke with ESPN’s Ed Werder about the current state of his life.”I refuse to let my entire life of sports from the age of 4 be squandered by partying. I just got sick of it. One day I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and realized I could really help people in the position I’m in,” said Manziel.

Manziel is just looking for one team to give him an opportunity to prove he can still play football at a high level.

“PLAY FOOTBALL. A pre season game, anything I don’t care what it is. Only need one team to believe in me and I’ll do anything to make that a possibility,” said Manziel.

When focused on football, Manziel has the potential to be a playmaking quarterback as his potential earned him a first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The concerns about Manziel’s off the field behavior certainly became a reality in his early career, but if the quarterback can land in the right situation and stay focused on football he has the chance to be a rewarding investment.

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