Former NFL star Johnny Manziel is finally opening up about his battle with bipolar disorder and depression.
The once beloved pro athlete has put his life back together and is ready for a return to the NFL. During a recent interview on “Good Morning America,” Manziel revealed that he was diagnosed as bipolar in 2017. He also admitted that his depression was so bad at one point, he
“felt like the end of the world was near and that I would never make it out.”
What followed was a period of heavy drinking and self-medicating that landed the former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner in media headlines on a regular basis.
TMZ Sports caught up with the 25-year-old on Saturday where he offered words of encouragement to other people struggling with bipolar disorder and depression and said that there is hope.
“To be where I’m at today and see hope and see a light … I feel blessed to be able to have fought through the bad times,” Manziel told TMZ at Delilah in L.A.
“As dark as it gets, eventually times will get better.”
Manziel is a former first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns. He’s remained out of the NFL since being released by the Browns at the end of the 2015 season following a tumultuous time of ups and downs.
The young player wasn’t picked up by another team, and he returned to Texas A&M to take classes on campus. However, Manziel is ready to make a comeback to the NFL and is showing the world that he’s a changed man. He was recently approved to play in the Canadian Football League.
He remains unsigned in the National Football League in America.
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