— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 12, 2018
What a huge fucking step for someone like Manziel. Having a rep and an ego like his admission of personal issues is a gigantic leap forward. Talking about it after several months sober and undergoing treatment is part of the process that impossible for some.
It’s easy for us to sit outside the ring he’s fighting for his life in and call him a drunk, druggie or crazy. It’s naturally what those who seemingly have it all together do. I can guarantee the loudest critic of people that come forward as Johnny did, do it to hide their mental shortcomings and medicating in their world. Food or Booze. Coke or Pills. It’s the only way people with undiagnosed issues can find extended periods of happiness or a break from the mental anguish they wake up and go to bed with.
Five years ago I loved the Idea of a hard-living, fun-loving Johnny Football thumbing his nose at the NFL and a potentially lucrative career.
Today I sincerely hope this little fucker can keep his head on a swivel and shine a light for other people that have a mental illness.
It’s a jail, and sometimes the key is doing the thing that seems impossible. Getting help. I know that because that was me.
And it can be you too.