BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is sick of talking about his off-the-field exploits, but he has no plans of slowing down in his free time.
Speaking at a Play 60 youth football camp at the Browns’ Berea training facility Friday as part of the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium, Manziel said that he works hard during the week to prepare for the season, and wants to relax from the pressure-packed world of the NFL when he is away from the team.
“I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong,” Manziel said. “Everybody on the weekends goes out and enjoys their life, lives their life and they don’t have people, when they walk into a place, pull out their phones and all they want to do is follow me around and record everything. My situation is unique and different.
“Wherever I’m at, whether it’s here in Cleveland on the weekend, whether it’s in Dallas or anywhere on the weekend, people want to record what I’m doing because they think it’s a story. Everybody goes out and has fun. Everybody goes out and does that and I’m not doing anything that’s putting myself in a harmful situation. I’m not doing anything that’s putting my team or jeopardizing what I do here throughout the week or what I’m looking forward to doing this season.”
Although Manziel will enjoy his time away from the game, he did acknowledge the “unique situation” that has been his life since becoming the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, a moment that launched the “Johnny Football” phenomenon.
“I didn’t think I was any different than anybody else, but when I walk in somewhere, it’s a story,” Manziel said. “Whether it’s a bar, whether it’s a restaurant, whether it’s anything, I have to have a better understanding of that. I’m not going to change who I am for anybody.
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