Johnny Manziel hasn't been seen in the NFL for many years due to many off the field problems, but during a recent interview, he revealed a lot about his downward spiral and hopes of returning to play in the league once more.
Very rarely do you see a former Heisman Trophy winner out of the NFL so quickly, but that's exactly what happened to Manziel as he was out of the league by 2015 after being drafted in 2014 and playing two seasons for the Cleveland Browns.
Speaking to Good Morning America, the quarterback has opened up about his downward spiral, alcohol use, depression, and hopes for a return to football. He said he abused alcohol to get out of depression, and he took full responsibility for his actions.
Manziel said, via NFL.com: "I was self-medicating with alcohol. That's what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression. When I would wake up the next day after a night like that, going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that is all gone, that liquid courage, or that liquid ... sense of euphoria that is over you, is all gone.
"You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself, and in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life. What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?"
Manziel also revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, and that he's now completely sober.
He said: "I am taking medication for bipolar, and I am working to try to make sure I don't fall back into any type of depression, because I know where that leads me and I know how slippery a slope that is for me.
"At the end of the day, I can't help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours. I can't help my mental makeup or the way that I was created."
The quarterback has only been linked with the CFL since being cut by the Browns. No NFL team has expressed interest in him. Manziel's background and inability to play well when given an opportunity could prevent him from ever making an NFL comeback, but he isn't giving up hope.
He said: "I am coming back from a huge downfall. I don't know what kind of comeback it will be, but I know I want to get back on a football field, to what brought me so much joy in my life."
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