Move over, Johnny Football, it’s time for Johnny Tee Time.
During an appearance on the Green Light with Chris Long, Johnny Manziel revealed he is now aiming to become a professional golfer. The former Heisman Trophy winner thinks that he can eventually make a PGA Tour event if he puts his mind to it.
“I’m giving myself 12 years to try to play professional golf,” Manziel said, via Larry Brown Sports. “I’m gonna grind this out and see how good I can get and see if I can’t enter some tournaments, and see if I can’t go play professional golf eventually.
“I think it is a very uphill battle, but that’s what I’m setting for my goals. I have 12 years to try and make a PGA Tour event.”
Manziel is currently playing professional football for the Zappers of the new Fan Controlled Football League. The Zappers recently reunited Manziel with his former Cleveland Browns teammate Josh Gordon.
But while he is playing in the 7-on-7 league, Manziel said he is spending most of his time on the golf course with his friends.
“I’ve been playing golf five days a week, hanging with my boys and playing cards and running around Scottsdale having a blast with a great group of friends that I’ve acquired out there. But I don’t have much of a schedule unless I create one, and I haven’t really created one,” he said.
“This isn’t me trying to be a comeback, redemption-type of tour for me to go back and play football anymore moving forward. After I play here, I probably won’t pick up a football again for another year. Two. Or maybe even longer than that. This is just an opportunity that got presented to me to get around a bunch of good guys who I feel like we’ll make great business connections with and I’ll have a lot of fun while I’m doing it.”
It may seem like a longshot for Manziel to make it as a pro golfer, but if Tim Tebow can play baseball in the majors, anything is possible.