VIDEO: Remembering When Johnny Manziel Flipped Off the Redskins
By Tristan Jung
Johnny Manziel's career certainly didn't turn out the way many expected. The Cleveland Browns used the No. 22 overall pick to draft him out of Texas A&M in the 2014 NFL Draft, and it was pretty much all downhill from there.
Manziel's two years with the Browns saw little success and ended after an investigation into a domestic violence charge, missed meetings, and mediocre on-field performances. However, it all started in an August 2014 preseason game against the Washington Redskins, where Manziel, in his first-ever professional game, decided to flip off the Washington bench.
Manziel had come into the game with the second-string at the beginning of the second half. His first drive had led to a turnover on downs, and on the play before the gesture, he had gotten flushed out of the pocket and nearly threw a pick.
Manziel responded by jogging away from the bench and flipping the bird at them en route to the huddle. Funnily enough, Manziel would actually convert the third down on a pass to Willie Snead and lead the Browns to his first career touchdown pass to, of all people, Dion Lewis. Colt McCoy would later come in and nearly lead the Browns all the way back with 20 points in the fourth quarter, but the Browns ultimately lost 24-23.
In the end, although Manziel had a touchdown pass, his 7-for-16 for 65 yards day wasn't very impressive. Brian Hoyer remained the starter until the very end of the season. Manziel would be fined $12,000 by the league for his middle finger, and it really didn't help his case with the Browns front office.
Manziel would spend time in the CFL and the short-lived AAF, but he recently admitted that his football career is "probably in the past".
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