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Originally written on The Kevin Burke Project  |  Last updated 1/29/15

Via The Kevin Burke Project:

Johnny Manziel has barely been in the NFL a week and his legend is continuing to grow. During the draft, he was becoming that guy who slides further than expected who the camera becomes fixated on. It happens every year.

As the draft got into the 20s, Manziel was growing tired of sitting around so he picked up his phone and sent a text message to Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains imploring them to draft him. So they did.

In a radio interview on Thursday, Loggains acknowledges that text is the reason why the Browns traded up to select Manziel, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday, that a text from Johnny Manziel during the draft helped inspire owner Jimmy Haslam to trade up for 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 next thing you know, the Browns traded up from 26 to 22. Manziel may be a lot of things, but powerless isn’t one of them. But did he truly want to go to Cleveland, or was he simply tired of being “that guy” who continues to slide?

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13 Comments:
  • Every dog pound needs a cute little chiquaqua around. The females will love him and I'll bet they can even teach little Johnny to do tricks, as long as the trick doesn't involve a five-step drop.
  • Sorry, the punk is uglier than sin. Don't know any women that think he's hot.
  • If it made him feel better then maybe it was worth it. I really wonder though if he made it through that pick, would the Chiefs had gone for him!!
  • This little punk is such a little prick and the only reason his "legend" grows is because the media keeps fostering that. I hope he is a complete flop in the NFL.
  • Couldn't agree with anyone more. Can't wait to see him eat crow this season, and CHOKE on it.
  • I am not sure whether the Browns were in shock that somebody actually wanted to play for them, or the owner is easily manipulated. It is probably a combination of the two, and now that Johnny Boy has gotten his wish, he really has to live up to the hype. If not, he will just continue the dead road theory for a QB, coming to Cleveland.
  • The article failed to mention that this was probably a group text to all 32 teams.
  • Lost a lot of respect for Farmer if this story is true, and the QB coach (who should be in deep trouble right now) said it was true. Johnny Football probably sent that same text to about 6 other teams and just changed the team name.
  • Manziel probably sent the same text to 8 or 9 different teams.
  • The year 2020 - Johnny who?
  • Will you be running this stupid story all year ?????????
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