Two former Cowboys: Jerry Jones can save Johnny Manziel
After his latest run-in with the law, can the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones save troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel’s NFL career?
Due in part to his latest run-in with police, troubled second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel will be cut by his current team, the Cleveland Browns, on March 9th. Now that the Dallas Police Department has launched a criminal investigation against the former Heisman winner after receiving a complaint of domestic violence assault, Manziel could easily find himself unemployed for the foreseeable future.
Despite his off-the-field baggage, and his lack of success on it as a professional, two former Dallas Cowboys and Hall of Famers have stepped up in support of the talented young man this week. Both believing the owner and general manager of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, could be the one to help turn Manziel’s personal and professional life around. One of those players is cornerback turned broadcaster Deion Sanders.
"“Jerry [Jones] will probably pick [Manziel] up because Jerry has been a haven for players with tribulations. Jerry has saved lives that he does not get the credit for.” Sanders told Cleveland.com this week. “Jerry could help Johnny. There’s so many different instances that this has happened, that Jerry has really helped guys. If it wasn’t for Jerry Jones, Dez Bryant probably wouldn’t be in the league. So this has Jerry written all over it, and he has the infrastructure to really help this kid.”"
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It is true that Jones and the Cowboys organization have taken on the challenge of saving troubled player’s careers in the past with some success. That includes the aforementioned Bryant, who slipped to the 24th overall selection in 2010 NFL Draft due to character concerns. Following an infamous incident of domestic violence in 2014, the Cowboys also took a chance by signing controversial defensive end Greg Hardy just last season. And there have been several others, making Dallas uniquely equipped to handle players in situations like Manziel.
Hall of Fame wide recevier Michael Irvin had his own demons to overcome throughout his playing career. Those include an arrest for drug possession and a false allegation of sexual assault. Through it all Jones has been faithful to Irvin, which gives the former wide out faith that the Cowboys owner can do the same for Manziel.
"“I know how Jerry’s helped me. I know the kind of man he is,” Irvin told the Washington Post. “I know he’ll sit down and relate the situations and the setbacks that he’s had in life so you don’t feel funny about telling him or uncomfortable about telling him anything. And it helps to have that. He becomes a sounding board. I just really believe the right situation would really help the kid out.”"
Unfortunately, Manziel doesn’t appear to want help as his family reportedly has tried to get him admitted to two different rehabilitation facilities in the last week. But the young quarterback refuses to be admitted, even telling TMZ that he is completely stable, safe and secure.
It’s obvious to everyone but Manziel that his life is quickly spiraling downhill. And at the age of 23, the young quarterback’s career appears to be on life support. Now the real test comes. Just how much does Jerry Jones want the former Texas Aggie in a Cowboys uniform? At this point, even Jerry’s love for all things Johnny Football may not be enough to save the young man from his destructive self.
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