Johnny Manziel has a CFL contract waiting for him, but in an interview with Good Morning America he revealed he has a lot more on his mind than just football.
The Heisman-winning quarterback who went from electrifying talent to habitual disappointment revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder “about a year ago” and has been taking medication to remedy the effects.
“I started taking a look at my mental health a little bit and making it a priority in my life,” Manziel said. “I’m working to try and make sure I don’t fall back into any type of depression because I know where that leads me.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 12, 2018
Manziel admitted to “self-medicating with alcohol” in the past but said he’s not drinking now as he works toward an NFL comeback.
“I had a sense of entitlement about what I had a accomplished at the age I accomplished it,” Manziel said of his behavior that led to his being cut by the Browns, domestic assault allegations and countless negative headlines. “I got so engrained in only what Johnny wanted.”
Now sober and properly medicated, Manziel said his family has seen a “drastic change” run his attitude. He said his “end goal” is to make a return to the NFL.
“I’m watching other guys doing what I want to be doing and I’m sitting on the couch being a loser,” he said.
The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats pursued a contract with Manziel last month, but a Jan. 31 deadline came and went without Manziel putting pen to paper.
Hamilton’s most recent starting quarterback, Zach Collaros, earned about $500,000 in 2017 and Burkhart is expecting at least that for Manziel.