Tomorrow, December 6, 2016, is Johnny Manziel’s 24th birthday. The man, the myth, the legend, Johnny Football will, in fact, live to see his 24th birthday. Now, why is this newsworthy? Well, because just as that feisty son of a bitch always has, he’s continuing to defy the odds. Or at least according to his father he is.
Johnny Manziel’s father, Paul, once famously said he feared his son wouldn’t live to see 24. In an interview with ESPN in June, Paul Manziel said:
“He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie,” Paul Manziel said in a phone interview Friday. “I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don’t know what else to say.
“We’re so far past that,” he said. “That was years ago. We’re so far past what everybody thinks we are past. People are ignorant. It’s just a horrible story. That’s all there is to it. I mean, I hate to say it, but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him.”
“I’m done. I’m done talking about it,” he said. “I’m doing my job, and I’m going to move on. If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him. That’s the fact. So if not, if he calls me and needs help, I’ll go get him. Until then, he’s on his own. I’ve done everything I can do. There is nothing [else] I can do as a father. Nothing. … It is what it is. He’s a druggie, and everybody needs to accept it.”
Yeah, maybe a little drastic, but at the time it was totally plausible. This was around the time that his own lawyer, defense attorney Bob Hinton, indicated that Manziel’s legal team was seeking a plea deal with prosecutors in a hit-and-run suit but suggested that could be tricky.
“Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle,” the attorney wrote.
And yet, here we are, on the eve of J. Footz’s 24th, and he’s still alive & kickin’. So, in honor of Manziel making fools of us all and surviving to see his 24th birthday, I decided to round up all of the Johnny Manziel stories we’ve published in the last year. Yes, YEAR. Kid lives life at 1000 miles per hour and that’s why you must respect him.