Johnny Manziel is finally getting his life under control and wants a second chance in the NFL.
In an interview with Good Morning America that aired early Monday morning, the former Cleveland Browns first round pick revealed that he was currently on medication for bipolar depression and is working hard to prevent himself from going back to his old ways.
I am taking medication for bipolar, and I am working to try to make sure I don’t fall back into any type of depression, because I know where that leads me and I know how slippery a slope that is for me,”
“At the end of the day I can’t help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours, I can’t help my mental makeup of the way that I was created,” Manziel said. “But I know if I stay on these meds and I continue to do what I am doing right now … I think my dad, my mom, I think (girlfriend) Bree (Tiese), would all agree that they see, a drastic change.”
Manziel also went on to say that he’s not drinking or partying anymore and hopes to get another shot at playing football again.
“I was self-medicating with alcohol. That’s what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression,” Manziel said. “When I would wake up the next day after a night like that, going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that is all gone, that liquid courage, or that liquid … sense of euphoria that is over you, is all gone.”
You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself and in that depression and back in that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life,” he said. “What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced.”
“I don’t know what kind of comeback it will be,” “but I know I want to get back on a football field to what brought me so much joy in my life and it makes me happy doing as my job.”
Hopefully everything Manziel is saying is true and he’s getting help to work out whatever mental issues he’s dealing with.