Browns Drafted Manziel Simply Because He Texted “Hurry Up & Draft Me”
No one ever said Johnny Manziel was bashful.
According to a story via Mary Kay Cabot Cleveland.com, on draft night Manziel sent a bold text to Browns quarterback coach Dowell Loggains, imploring them to draft him.
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. “I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.”’
The Browns traded up from No. 26 to No. 22 and turned Johnny Football into Johnny Cleveland.
In many ways this marriage between the Browns and Manziel seems like it was destined to be. Takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there like Manziel did, and that’s why people love him.