Johnny Manziel has not had the easiest of starts to his NFL career, to say the least.
The Cleveland Browns spent a first round pick on the former Heisman winner and Manziel has not lived up to that billing at all. The quarterback managed to lose the starting job at the Browns by not even bothering to learn the playbook and then drinking and partying his way through the season.
Manziel took the big step to go into rehab however, and, after completing his therapy, is back with the Browns and ready to fight for that starting job, according to Cleveland's star cornerback Joe Haden.
A Changed Manziel
While some of his Browns teammates admitted they lost faith in Manziel after his disastrous rookie year, with All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas being one of them, Haden says he never did. After spending time with Manziel following his ten-week stint in rehab, Haden can see the change in him, after the quarterback spent extra hours at the team’s facility working out.
“Yesterday was the first day, and he stayed about three hours after we had to leave when the time was done,” Haden said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Actions speak a lot louder than words. He has a lot to show the people, but he’s trying his best. I think he’s got his mind right, and he’s just ready to get it going..."
“He’s one of my good friends. We talk about real life things. I could just tell he’s motivated. When I talked to him, I could tell there’s something different with him.”
Haden Has His Back
Haden, who's taken it upon himself to counsel the Browns' young and troubled players such as Manziel, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, plans to continue to be a positive role model for the young quarterback.
Haden also went on to add that he never lost faith in the former Texas A&M star, saying that he had his back from the start and will do for the rest of their time as teammates.
"I wasn't one of those guys,'' said Haden. "I've just got his back with whatever he needs to do. It was a really, really adult decision that he did...I'm just glad Johnny's back."