Johnny Manziel Opens Up About His Mental Health Struggles In Must-Read Interview

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

USA Today published an incredible profile of Johnny Manziel Wednesday, and it’s an incredible read.

The Texas A&M Heisman winner and current Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback covered a variety of different topics in the wide-ranging interview, but a lot of the focus was on his mental health. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Hottest Photos Of Johnny Manziel‘s Wife)

Manziel told USA Today the following:

That’s the scary thing about my mental health: If I don’t continuously take care of it and make it the biggest priority in my life, I’m going to struggle. That’s hard to say. You’re making mental health a priority over your job? Well, there is no job without my mental health. There is no life and there is no family for me without my head…I sit here today and know that if I wouldn’t have gone through the hell that I went through I wouldn’t be who I am today. I know it for a fact.

He also admitted to USA Today that he’d been in a mental health facility in Malibu and attended Alcoholic Anonymous. (SLIDESHOW: These Sexy Women Love Football)

HAMILTON, ON - MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

HAMILTON, ON – MAY 28: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats takes part in a preseason practice session at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

It is really crazy to think about how the past six years of Johnny Manziel have evolved. There’s not a single football fan who has watched over that period of time and can say with a straight face that they’re not surprised.

This is why it’s important to recognize that athletes are not superhuman people. They are not exempt from problems that face many people. Slinging footballs doesn’t make you invincible.

We should all be giving credit to Johnny Football for being so open with his mental health struggles, and doing whatever it takes to better his life. How many people as famous as him would ever want to open up on a national platform about struggling mentally? I’m going to go ahead and guess not many.

He’s undertaken one of the greatest comeback stories we’ve ever seen in sports, and I hope like hell he pulls it off.

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