Johnny Debuted for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) on Sunday, and played well. Though he did not start, Manziel finished 3 of 5 with 48 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, and one sack. Manziel's first completion was an impressive 36 yard throw down the sideline to receiver Pig Howard (awesome name). Will Pig be Johnny's next Mike Evans? We'll have to stay tuned. You can check out all of Johnny's highlights from Sunday here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBVZgBw2wN4
There was also a great clip of Johnny trash talking an opposing player: www.youtube.com/watch?v=56dicUYedsM That one was vintage Johnny.
Reading between the tea leaves, it seems the Memphis Express would like to give Johnny the starting job over the next few weeks. Johnny did not start on Sunday because he had just joined the team only days earlier, and was still getting up to speed on the playbook. Johnny made a few indirect remarks that he believes he will get far more support from the team than he got up in the CFL. The Montreal Allouttes were hesitant to give Johnny their full support and a mandate to lead his team last year. Johnny wrote on Instagram the next day that this is the most fun he has had playing football since his days at Texas A&M.
It is hard not to remark on how much more at home Johnny looks in Memphis than up in Canada. Jean Football was not really meant to be. Everything about Johnny being in Memphis and back in the USA just feels more correct. Johnny Football is about as American as you can get. We are looking forward to the next Memphis Express game, Saturday March 30th at 2pm EST vs. the Orlando Apollos.