The Dan Patrick Show is paying tribute to the text message rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel sent Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains during the first round of the NFL Draft by selling “hurry up and draft me” T-shirts for $19.95 on its website.
The legend of the text went viral after Loggains explained it during a radio interview last month with ESPN Arkansas. Loggains suggested that the text prompted the Browns to trade up from No. 26 overall to No. 22 so they could nab Manziel on May 8.
"We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV, and Johnny and I are texting,” Loggains said. “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 [Jimmy Haslam] and to the head coach [Mike Pettine]. 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.’”
Manziel later explained he urged the Browns to “hurry up” because he thought another team was poised to trade up and take him.
“There was a spot where we thought we might come off,” Manziel said. “So the ‘hurry up’ was more ‘we've heard another team is going to come up, maybe you guys don't know that.’”
The text, of course, inspired “wreck this league” T-shirts before the Dan Patrick Show ever became involved. Although that phrase went viral, Manziel indicated it wasn’t a direct quote from his text to Loggains.
“I don't know if that's exactly word for word,” Manziel said. “But it was something along those lines.”