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Don’t look now, but Johnny Manziel might be coming to a golf course near you.
The former NFL quarterback, fresh off his appearance in the Fan Controlled Football League, is moving on to yet another pro career, this time as a pro golfer.
The ex-Cleveland Browns QB spoke about hitting the links for real during an appearance with Chris Long on the show Green Light.
“I’m giving myself 12 years to try to play professional golf,” Manziel said.
“I’m gonna grind this out and see how good I can get and see if I can’t enter some tournaments, and see if I can’t go play professional golf eventually.
“I think it is a very uphill battle, but that’s what I’m setting for my goals. I have 12 years to try and make a PGA Tour event.”
It sounds from the interview like Manziel realizes that his football playing days are behind him, and that if his dream of playing golf is for real, he is going to have to dedicate to it full-time, something he says he’s already doing.
“I’ve been playing golf five days a week, hanging with my boys and playing cards and running around Scottsdale having a blast with a great group of friends that I’ve acquired out there,” Manziel said,
“But I don’t have much of a schedule unless I create one, and I haven’t really created one. This isn’t me trying to be a comeback, redemption-type of tour for me to go back and play football anymore moving forward.
“After I play here, I probably won’t pick up a football again for another year. Two. Or maybe even longer than that. This is just an opportunity that got presented to me to get around a bunch of good guys who I feel like we’ll make great business connections with and I’ll have a lot of fun while I’m doing it.”
It feels like Manziel has been in just about every football league that’s ever been created. His latest stint was in the Fan Controlled League, where fans are in charge of most of the on-field elements of the game. He also played in the CFL for a bit after his NFL career was basically over, and even appeared in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.
At 28 years old, Manziel still has time to make it in pro sports, but we shall see how the dream of jumping on the links works out for the former quarterback.