Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has made a reappearance after leaving from the public spotlight for some time as he entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Manziel posted a video on his SnapChat (JManziel2) that he was on his way into Gillette Stadium and he was wearing a Tom Brady jersey.
According to his SnapChat, Manziel got the tickets to the game from Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett. He was intending on going to the NFC Championship game to see the Atlanta Falcons defeat the Green Bay Packers, according to one of his snaps, but had his flight canceled. So instead, he hopped aboard another flight and made his way to Foxboro.
Manziel had entered a rehabilitation center in 2015 with his publicist saying:
Brad Beckworth, friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday. Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the off-season was the right time to take this step. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.
Manziel was drafted No. 22 overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014-2015 season, but struggled on and off the field.
He started two games his rookie season, passing for 175 yards to go along with 1 rushing touchdown. He saw more playing time his sophomore season, starting six games. But he continued to struggle, going 129-for-223 for 1,500 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions during the season. He sat out the final game of the Browns’ 2015 season with a concussion, but reports said that he was in Las Vegas instead for the weekend instead of his team. Months later, the Browns released him March 11, 2016.