Johnny Manziel has had a difficult road as a professional football player and doesn’t seem poised for an NFL return any time soon. But with Vince McMahon’s new XFL slated to launch in 2020, Manziel sees the spring league as a chance to revitalize his career.
In a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle, Manziel revealed that he has one particular XFL team in mind that he wants to play for: Houston. The yet-to-be-named franchise is slated to be coached by June Jones, who Manziel expressed a fondness for.
“I enjoyed every single day I had with coach Jones… Being in his offense was the best part of each day. I know he’s going to be successful wherever he’s coaching.”
The former Heisman trophy winning quarterback has a special connection to Jones, having briefly played under him as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL.
Manziel also noted that he would enjoy a chance to play for a team near his old Texas A&M stomping grounds. The Houston XFL team is slated to play at the Houston Cougars’ TDECU Stadium, which is less than 100 miles from his former college.
“It’s a stone’s throw from College Station,” he said. “A lot of Aggies drove from Houston to College Station. Houston’s a great city that’ll always be near and dear to me.”
Manziel last saw action on a professional football field as a member of the Memphis Express in the now-defunct AAF. He played two games before suffering a concussion against Orlando on March 30.
The league suspended all operations several days later.
Manziel has not seen an NFL field since 2015.
But perhaps the XFL will be a place where Manziel can thrive and find his way back to the NFL the way Tommy Maddox once did.