Johnny Manziel receives attention wherever he goes because he’s much more than a rookie competing to become the starting quarterback for the Browns. He’s a celebrity who Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has labeled a modern-day Elvis Presley.
“Manzielmania” will invade Progressive Field on Wednesday, when Manziel and rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert will throw ceremonial first pitches before the Indians face the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. Browns running back Ben Tate will throw out the first pitch Tuesday night.
In the meantime, Manziel spent the weekend in Los Angeles for the 20th annual NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere. The event is designed to teach rookies the business of football and marketing.
But Manziel wasn’t all business on the West Coast. TMZ.com captured video of Manziel entering an L.A. nightclub Friday night to meet friend and famous rapper Drake.
Manziel created a stir by partying in Las Vegas during Memorial Day weekend. But Manziel and his teammates downplayed the trip, and coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan diffused the controversy by praising Johnny Football’s work ethic.
“I’m going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game and committed to what I need to be doing here and trying to earn my place in this locker room with these coaches, with this organization,” Manziel said last Wednesday. “If I want to go out and have some fun and it doesn’t hinder what my main goals in life are, then I don’t really care what anybody has to say.”