Johnny Manziel’s playing career is basically finished. While he hasn’t officially retired, the former first-round pick hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015.
But when he officially hangs up his cleats, Manziel would prefer to stay involved in the game.
“I’d do something involved with sports. I can’t get away from it,” he said, according to ESPN. “I’ve had to ask myself that a little bit as of late over the past year, but at the same time, I’d want to be involved in sports in some way, whether it’s coaching, whether it’s doing something like that. So I think that’d be my route.”
Usually the most talented athletes aren’t the best coaches because the game came so naturally to them, but given his off-the-field struggles in recent years, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner may be able to provide a very unique perspective to young football players.
Manziel is originally from Texas and attended Texas A&M from 2012-13, so most of his college connections will likely be in that state or the SEC. But as his own life story has shown over the last several years, you never know what could happen. Manziel coaching in the ACC one day probably isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.
He played just one game against the ACC in his career. Manziel led the Aggies from a 38-17 deficit to come back and defeat the Duke Blue Devils 52-48 in the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.