Johnny Manziel's rookie year as an NFL quarterback did not go as he, or the Cleveland Browns, envisaged.
Ending up in a rehab facility after off-field issues and accusations overshadowed his first season in professional football there has been question marks ever since about his future with the Browns, and indeed in the game at all.
Manziel left rehab last week and has been spotted at a Texas Rangers game since but we were yet to hear from the player himself. Until now. The young star issued an official statement today.
Taking time to thank everyone from his friends and family to his current Cleveland fans it is clear that the issues Johnny Manziel has been dealing with in recent months have affected far more than life on the gridiron.
Taking the right steps
Having spent the past nine weeks in rehabilitation - at a facility that specialises in alcohol and substance abuse - the former Texas A&M man had already taken the first step towards rebuilding a faltering career. This public statement is the next.
"I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down."
Long road ahead
While the 23-year-old may now be heading in the right direction, and spoke of his excitement at reuniting with his Browns teammates next week, there is still a long road ahead for Johnny Manziel on the football field.
Having allowed the lifestyle of an NFL player to get the better of him over the past 12 months Manziel must proved to the Cleveland front office and coaching staff that he is ready, and indeed capable, of leading the franchise as their quarterback of choice.
His figures for last season - 18-of-35 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions - were lacklustre and teammates have since called him out for a lack of work ethic. With the Browns reportedly keen on trading up for a quarterback in the upcoming draft there is certainly no guarantee that Manziel's offseason work will help him achieve his goals in Cleveland.
At least though he is moving in the right direction.
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