Johnny Manziel watched as the XFL kicked off league play and suggested his playing days were still ahead of him, but he wanted no parts of the league after what he experienced with the AAF.
“ComebackSZN still alive if y’all ain’t know. Just not playing for another league that’s going to fold on you midway through the season,” Manziel said at the time.
It turns out he was right, but nobody could’ve predicted a global pandemic would be the reason the XFL 2.0 version would have to close its doors.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his partners bought the XFL earlier this summer and fans are hoping Johnny Football will have a change of heart about the league. TMZ Sports reached out to the former Browns QB and he made it clear that his playing days are behind him. “I’m retired, dude,” he told TMZ on Friday night.
“Listen, anything The Rock touches is gonna be gold as always,” Manziel says … “But I think football is a little bit behind me…You never say never, I’m still an athletic guy…but at the end of the day, let’s see where the rest of life takes me and we’ll go from there.”
“I’m just trying do to other things in life that make me happy. That’s it.”
“Football for me is not at the forefront of my mind. It’s just chillin’ and being one of the bros.”
“COVID doesn’t wanna see me at the end of the day,” Manziel joked … “dude, I do worse things on the weekend.”