Johnny Football is retiring his signature move.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is trying to establish himself as a starter following a disappointing rookie season that preceded a 10-week stay in rehab, told reporters Wednesday he'll no longer be flashing the money sign during games.
“The money sign will not be back. I will not be making it,” Manziel said.
The move makes sense because Manziel has had few opportunities to rub his fingers in celebration since his NFL debut. In five games last year, he passed for 175 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The money sign made a brief appearance during a 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills in November, but even then, it seemed like it was close to cashing out for good.
The former Heisman Trophy winner understands he needs to be more committed to becoming a better player if he wants to remain in the NFL.
"Last year is last year; it was what it was and it was not very good," Manziel said. "So for me, I’m trying to close that chapter and just build on what I’ve done so far this year and just move forward and try to close that chapter in my life. Not one that I’m very proud of, not one that I want to look back on very much and dwell on, that’s for sure."
Manziel also said he believed his time in rehab proved to be a distraction for the team.
"I feel bad about that today," he said. "I feel bad about that throughout the last months of my life, really thinking back and seeing how much of my life outside of this field and outside of this locker room is documented."
Still, it's hard to believe the money sign is truly gone forever. If Manziel ever manages to become a bona fide NFL quarterback, the money sign probably will be resurrected.