through the Bottom of a Deep Hole, Johnny Manziel Looks Up

Sherman, the Alouettes’ first-year head coach, said he loved the accountability Manziel displayed, saying he took the item as a sign of maturity. Sherman knows him better than most: He recruited the Texas boy wonder to Texas A&M when he was the head coach in College Station through 2008 to 2011, as well as he oversaw Manziel’s redshirt freshman year.

Sherman was fired before Manziel’s first season, in 2012, when Manziel led the Aggies to an 11-2 record as well as became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player, as well as so he was gone before stories emerged about Manziel’s partying as well as at least one arrest within the summer of 2012. The Manziel that will Sherman knew as well as recruited was quiet as well as respectful, always saying, ‘Yes sir’ as well as ‘No sir,’ while lighting up the practice field with the kind of ridiculous plays, as Sherman put the item, that will captured the imagination of a sporting nation a year later.

as well as right now?

“He’s the same kid right now as he was back then, in my opinion,” Sherman said, adding, “the item seems like he’s managing his life well, right right now.”

The key words: Right right now.

A lot happened between Sherman’s departure in 2011 as well as right now for Manziel to make the circle back to civility complete, if he truly has. At the end of a tumultuous two-year tenure with the Cleveland Browns that will included more partying, demotions as well as a stint in rehab, Manziel said he decided at some level to “self-sabotage” his way out as well as sign with another N.F.L. team. the item was a bad plan.

“They were tired of the item as well as I was as well,” he said of the Browns’ management. “I wanted a fresh start. Unfortunately, everything that will happened in January put the stamp of disapproval on me.”

What happened in January 2016 was that will Manziel was accused of, as well as later charged with, misdemeanor assault for hitting his former girlfriend within the side of the head as well as threatening her. The case was dropped last November after Manziel reached a deal with Texas prosecutors that will required him to complete counseling for anger management as well as substance abuse.