What Johnny Manziel’s Hometown Knows About Its Favorite Son That We Don’t

September 15, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

TYLER, Texas — The highlight played over and over in his uncle's restaurant on Old Bullard Road. It flickered on the television screen in the living room of his Little League coach's house. And it flashed repeatedly on a big screen in the golf club where he was a regular as a boy, each frame of the clip a reminder of all that is possible for Johnny Manziel.
Here in the hometown of Johnny Football—a city of 96,000 nestled in the heart of oil country—the play from the second quarter of the Cleveland Browns' season opener against the New York Jets on Sunday has been rehashed and reviewed countless times, dissected like a football Zapruder film. In the 6.1 seconds from snap to whistle, a community of detectives in Tyler has searched for clues in the hope that it will find a missing quarterback.
Facing a 3rd-and-19 from his own 46-yard line, Manziel, who had entered the game for the concussed Josh McCown, dropped back to pass. With the pocket collapsing, Manziel ...

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