Johnny Chronology: Manziel's three-year whirlwind

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

Johnny Manziel's entering into a treatment program is another chapter in what has been three years of being on a rollercoaster. While Johnny Football did win a Heisman, most of his news has been related to off-field events.

Here is a look at some of the notable events for Manziel:


June 29: Manziel is arrested by police in College Station, Texas, after getting into an altercation after leaving a bar. He was charged with fighting, failure to identify himself and carrying two fake IDs -- one from Louisiana and one from Texas -- before police found the real one.

Dec. 8: Manziel becomes the first freshman to win the Heisman. He would lead Texas A&M to an 11-2 record in its first season in the Southeastern Conference. Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns while running for 1,410 yards and 21 TDs.


Jan. 5: The day after leading the Aggies to a win in the Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma, Manziel posts an Instagram photo holding a handful of cash at an Oklahoma casino with the caption "casino ballin." He later deletes the photo but posts a tweet saying: "Nothing illegal about being 18+ in a casino and winning money...KEEP HATING!"

Jan. 6: TMZ posts photos of Manziel in a Dallas 21-and-over night club holding what appeared to be a bottle of Dom Perignon. The owner tells TMZ that his parents were in attendance -- which makes alcohol consumption legal under Texas law -- and that he did not see Manziel drinking.

June 27: Manziel is spotted in Austin, Texas at a frat party. He had beer poured on him and was asked to leave.

Aug. 4: The NCAA investigates Manziel to see if he profited from the sale of autographed memorabilia. He is later suspended for the first half of the season opener against Rice after the NCAA couldn't prove he was profiting from the autographs but that he knew they were being sold.

Dec. 31: Manziel finishes his sophomore season by leading the Aggies to a 9-4 record, including a comeback win over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. He set school records for passing yards (4,114), passing touchdowns (37), total offense (4,873) and completion percentage (69.9).


Jan. 8: Manziel files paperwork declaring for the NFL Draft.

May 8: During the NFL Draft, Manziel texts quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to select him so they can "wreck this league." The Browns move up to 22nd in a trade with the Eagles and take Manziel, who does his "money" sign coming on stage.

May 26: During Memorial Day weekend, Manziel appears in several online photos including a pool party in Las Vegas with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

June 7: Photos of Manziel drinking a bottle of champagne on a floating swan at the X Games in Austin begin to circulate.

June 15: While attending Drake's "Houston Appreciation Weekend" someone takes a video of Manziel with a stack of money pretending it was a phone.

June 27: During an appearance as part of the NFL's Rookie Symposium, Manziel tells reporters that "I am not going to change for anybody. I am going to enjoy my time off. I work very hard at my job which doesn't get reported and won't get reported."

July 5: Photos are sent to of Manziel in a Las Vegas bathroom tightly rolling money. 

July 26: The day before the start of training camp, Browns coaches, general manager Ray Farmer and owner Jimmy Haslam meet with Manziel about his off-field behavior.

Aug. 11: Manziel and a couple other Browns rookies are fined for being late to a team meeting. He later says he "misread the schedule."

Aug. 18: In a nationally-televised preseason game at Washington, Manziel takes 39 snaps and goes 7 of 16 for 65 yards and a touchdown in four series. He also gets caught on TV flashing the middle finger to the Redskins' bench and gets fined $12,500.

Aug. 20: Brian Hoyer named Browns' starter. Manziel admits he is not ready or prepared to be the starter.

Sept. 14: Manziel takes three snaps in the Week 2 game at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Saints and is incomplete on his only pass attempt.

Sept. 21: Against the Ravens, Manziel is in for three plays, including one where he was lined up at receiver and caught a 39-yard pass up the left sideline. The play is called back though due to an illegal shift penalty.

Nov. 22: Hours before the team is supposed to fly to Atlanta, Manziel, a friend and a fan are involved in a fight in a downtown Cleveland apartment building. Manziel says the fan was loud and aggressive but the Browns are more upset that it took place at 2:36 a.m.

Nov. 30: Early in the fourth quarter at Buffalo, Manziel enters the game after Hoyer's second interception. In his first drive, he directs the Browns on an 8-play, 80-yard series and concludes it with a 10-yard scramble up the middle for a touchdown. Manziel does the money sign after scoring.

Dec. 3: Hoyer named starter for Week 14 game against Indianapolis.

Dec. 9: Manziel named the starter against the Bengals. Said head coach Mike Pettine in making the move: "We are trying to get the offense to perform at a higher level. Johnny has worked very hard to earn this opportunity and it will be very important for every member of the offense to elevate their play for us to obtain our desired result."

Dec. 14: In his first NFL start, Manziel is 10 of 18 for 80 yards and two interceptions as the Browns lose to the Bengals 30-0. He is also sacked three times as Cincinnati players do the money sign after each big play.

Dec. 21: During the second quarter at Carolina, Manziel pulls his hamstring and leaves the game. He was 3 of 8 for 32 yards at the time of the injury. In 12 series as the starter, Manziel leads the team to one field goal.

Dec. 23: Manziel tells the media that "It's been a year of growing up for me. It's a job for me now. I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first."

Dec. 27: After being out at a "party" the night before. Manziel does not show up for the Browns' walk-through and treatment. He accompanies the team to Baltimore but is not on the sideline during the game.  

Dec. 29: In his final regular-season session with reporters, Manziel said reports of the Friday party were 100 percent false but knows those claims fall on mostly deaf ears. He then adds: "It's about action. It's about being accountable and doing what I'm gonna say instead of looking like a jackass."

Dec. 30: Manziel posts a video in South Beach wishing LeBron James a happy birthday.


Jan. 9: Photos of Manziel enjoying time in Aspen are posted. Josh Gordon also made the trip.

Jan. 10: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is granted his release and Loggains is fired as QB coach.

Jan. 22: During an appearance at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, Haslam says it is time for Manziel to grow up. Added Haslam: "Johnny has to show on and off the field he can be a professional. Johnny knows that and the organization has told him that. It will be up to Flip (new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) and Pett (Pettine) if he can be the kind of quarterback that we need. It's up to him to prove he can do that."

Jan. 23: An ESPN report chronicling Manziel's season comes out, which showed a lack of preparation and poor practice sessions. One person interviewed called Manziel a "100 percent joke." Teammates in Arizona during Super Bowl week defend Manziel and say they believe he will improve.

Feb. 2: Manziel's publicist and later the Browns announce that Manziel has entered a treatment program.