Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has opened up about his struggles with drug abuse and mental health in a new documentary. The film, titled “Johnny Football,” premiered on Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In the documentary, Manziel talks about how he began using drugs in college and how his addiction spiraled out of control after he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2014. He also discusses his suicide attempt in 2016.
“I was at rock bottom,” Manziel said in the documentary. “I didn’t want to live anymore.”
Manziel said he is now sober and in a much better place. He is working on a comeback to the NFL and is also trying to help others who are struggling with addiction.
“I want to use my platform to help people,” Manziel said. “I want to show people that it’s possible to overcome addiction and to live a happy and healthy life.”
The documentary has received positive reviews from critics. The New York Times called it “a revealing and heartbreaking look at a young man who lost his way.” The Washington Post said it was “a cautionary tale about the dangers of fame and the importance of mental health.”
Manziel’s story is a reminder that even those who seem to have it all can be struggling with addiction and mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help. There is hope for recovery.