Johnny Manziel took a shot at the XFL on Friday night when asked on Twitter if he would be playing in the new professional football league which begins on Saturday.
“ComebackSZN still alive if y’all ain’t know,” Manziel tweeted. “Just not playing for another league that’s going to fold on you midway through the season.”
Manziel — who played two games for the Memphis Express in the Alliance of American Football last spring before the league folded — said he will be OK if he never plays football again.
“If I never pick up a ball again it’s all love. I was the most lit, most relatable college football player to ever do it,” he tweeted. “Did things my way and made it way further than I ever could of imagined. The game gave me life and I’ll forever be grateful.
“Thank you to the people that vibe with me til the end. What a journey it’s been.”
It has been a challenging time in Manziel’s personal life recently.
In December, model Bre Tiesi officially filed for divorce from former NFL quarterback, according to TMZ Sports. The couple initially broke up earlier this year after just one year of marriage. Tiesi accused Manziel of cheating on her while responding to comments on Instagram questioning why she expunged pictures of the former Browns first-round pick from her social media.
Despite the many controversial moments in his career, Manziel defiantly insisted in Friday’s tweetstorm that he is in good frame of mind.
“I’m the best I’ve been in a long time,” Manziel tweeted. “Happy, healthy, loving life, but I have time today so I’m going to fire your ass up if you act up in my mentions.
“Life’s too short to spill hate 24/7. Treat people with respect wish them the best and keep one foot in front of the other. All love no hate 2020.
Manziel — who was just 2-6 in the eight games he started in his two-year NFL career (2014-15) with the Cleveland Browns — wasn’t always down on the XFL.
Last June, he appeared to be open to the idea of playing in the XFL with the Houston Roughnecks and reuniting with his June Jones, who is the head coach and general manager of Houston’s XFL team. Before his brief stint in the AAF, Manziel played for Jones while he was in the CFL with the Hamilton Tigercats before being traded to the Montreal Alouettes when he was unable to beat out starter Jeremiah Masoli.
“I enjoyed every single day I had with coach Jones,” Manziel told told The Houston Chronicle at the time. “Being in his offense was the best part of each day. I know he’s going to be successful wherever he’s coaching.
“It’s a stone’s throw from College Station,” he said, referring to the geographical closeness to Texas A&M where he had his best on-field football moments. “A lot of Aggies drove from Houston to College Station. Houston’s a great city that’ll always be near and dear to me.”