Sean Payton has recently come out and explained that his Super Bowl-week meeting with Johnny Manziel was just a simple “get-to-know-you session” with the former Heisman Trophy winner, according to a statement he gave to the New Orleans Saints website. Manziel hasn’t played in the NFL since late in the 2015 season, and has since been on a rollercoaster of media headlines during the past couple of years, recently becoming sober and beginning his comeback attempt for the NFL.
No doubt about it, Johnny Football was one of the most electrifying players to ever play the game of college football. While he was able to build up an average NFL resume during his two years in the league (1,675 passing yards, 74.4 QB rating, 7 passing touchdowns/ 57% completion percentage, 14 turnovers), Johnny hasn’t played a down since 2015 and instead has replaced tossing the pigskin with tossing as many drugs into his system and weird tattoos onto his body as possible. As recent as last summer, Johnny looked more like Macaulay Culkin than an NFL quarterback.
With all of this, I ask myself: where is my meeting, Sean? There’s gotta be a HUGE number of players that could play at or above the level Johnny would be at by next season, even with his current comeback attempt. I get that holding meetings with Johnny or even, if I dare say, potentially signing him could do things like boost tickets sales or sell jerseys, but c’mon. If Sean really needed a short, now unathletic individual to come down to Houston for the Super Bowl and have a quick chat with, I would’ve been there at the drop of a hat. Hell, I even had a short lived, very poor high school football career. All I’m saying is that if any NFL coaches wanna fly me down to a Super Bowl and have some face to face, I’m just a phone call away. (To be fair, the money phone = legendary).