Johnny Manziel on Joining The Rock's XFL: 'I'm Retired, Dude'


Even Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won’t be able to get Johnny Manziel to return to the football field.

Manziel, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner who tweeted at the XFL earlier this year he could help boost their ratings, was asked if he has any interest in joining the league under its new owner, The Rock.

“I’m retired, dude,” Manziel told TMZ Sports. “Listen, anything The Rock touches is gonna be gold, as always. But, I think football is a little bit behind me. I’m just trying to do other things in life that make me happy, that’s it.”

The 27-year-old said back in June his football career was “in the past,” but this appears to be the first time he has uttered the words “retired.”

“For The Rock, you’d do anything, right?” Manziel asked. “But football for me is not at the forefront of my mind. There’s more to life than jut ball…Chapter’s closed, on to the next. Stay tuned.”

Manziel, a former first-round pick of the Browns, lasted just two seasons in the NFL which spanned a total of 14 games. He has tried to make several comeback attempts over the last few years, including stints in the Canadian Football League and now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

Meanwhile, the XFL went bankrupt after it was forced to suspend its season due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March.

The Rock and his partners purchased the league for $15 million and plan to resume play in 2021.

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