Dear Johnny Manziel,

It has been a couple of years since you graced college football with your crazy athleticism, large ego, and exciting playmaking.

During that time you garnered not only a huge fan base, but also a large following of haters. In fact, there may have been more haters than fans. You never let that deter you from being who you were.

Johnny Football
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

It is that fact, that made me enjoy who you were, not only as an athlete but as a person. This in no way means that I supported all of the decisions you were making at that time in your private life, but as a fan, that was also none of my business.

Through your enteringĀ of the draft and the process that followed, I had numerous debates with friends and co-workers about your value and future as an NFL quarterback. I had not had this much faith and hope for a player since Tim Tebow.

People thought I was crazy for thinking that you could even make it in the NFL, let alone be the best option for a team. This didn’t stop me from getting a Texas A&M hoodie, a Johnny Football t-shirt, and a t-shirt jersey. I was all in on seeing you prove all of the doubters and haters wrong. I wanted your style of play to build on what Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick had brought to the game.

Unfortunately, your NFL career has been what most thought it would be. However, I am not mad that you are where you are. I am in a state of concern. So many athletes nowadays are just viewed as entertainers and that is sad. Once you showed that your private life was a huge roadblock to your future success in the NFL, so many people discarded you.

I don’t know what your life entails and what you have gone through in terms of your story, but I do want you to know that not everyone has discarded you. As people continue to write you off as a lost cause and a waste of time, there are still those who can be there for you.

My concern for the longest time was that you succeed on the field and become what I told people you could be. My concern has shifted in this last year though. Now, I worry about your well-being as a person.

I have never experienced the lifestyle that you have lived, but it obviously looks rather enjoyable. The things that are fun are the hardest to change unfortunately. I wish nothing more than for you to turn your life around.

Your lifestyle is no longer threatening your career in the NFL, it is threatening your very existence. That may be a slight exaggeration, but as a viewer from the outside, it looks as though everything is snowballing for you.

I don’t know what the future holds for you as you go through your court case and everything else, but just know that there are still people out in this world that care about you on the level of a human being, not just an athlete.

You may never see this letter, but just know this comes from the heart. You have the power and the inner ability to become the person that no one thinks you can be.

Never give up on yourself.

Sincerely,

Malachi David—A concerned fan

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