And with 10:02 remaining in the third quarter, just after scrambling for a first down, Manziel did what Johnny does.
He made a video go viral.
Here he is making an apparent trash-talking autograph gesture to a Rice defender, along with other highlights from the game:
Nick Elder, the Rice linebacker who hit Manziel shortly before the apparent autograph gesture, said on Twitter that all Manziel said to him was, "What’s up, Nick? Nice hit." Though the gesture — and plenty more words — appear directed at other players shortly after that exchange.
Oh, and let’s not forget, there was also the money-counting gesture:
(Thomas Campbell/USA Today Sports Images)
Even while still suspended, he shared the imaginary wealth:
(Eric Gay/AP Images)
God bless you, Johnny. Thanks for being back.
It was a pretty good debut football-wise too. Manziel threw for three touchdowns and racked up 125 yards of offense in his limited time. He came out of the game after being flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting a Rice player.
Update: Manziel may be inspiring his peers. Here’s Clemson QB Tajh Boyd doing the same money-sifting gesture.