Johnny Manziel seems to be trying everything he can to rebound from a disastrous first year, both on and off the field, with the Cleveland Browns.
The quarterback is reportedly living in Cleveland with his former high school offensive coordinator, Julius Scott, whom Manziel once described as the person who "had the single biggest impact on my development as a player."
Kerrville (Texas) Tivy High athletic secretary Gail Howard confirmed to The Times that Manziel and Scott are living together in Cleveland. Manziel hasn't spoken to reporters since a 10-week stint in a treatment facility this off-season.
Scott was Manziel's offensive coordinator at Tivy, where the young quarterback threw for 7,626 yards, 76 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions in 29 games over three seasons.
Manziel went on to win a Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M and was a first-round draft pick for the Browns in 2014. But he seemed more concerned with partying than football during his rookie season.
On the field last season, Manziel completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
But Manziel is now said to be living with someone who seems very capable of helping him stay on the right path.
“I remember one time in the eighth grade, I scored and just dropped the ball,” Manziel told the Houston Chronicle. “He was in the stands. He came down, grabbed my facemask and said, ‘If you don’t hand the ball to the ref every time you score from now on, I’m going to up-down you every day until you puke.’
“When I made the varsity and started playing for him, there wasn’t a day when he didn’t tell me he loved me. He molded me into the player I am today. I’d always loved football, but not like that. He brought it out of me.”