The Cleveland Browns’ selection of Johnny Manziel may have been sped up thanks to a fired-up text message the Heisman Trophy winner sent to the team’s quarterback coach. Here’s Dowell Loggains recalling draft night:
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting 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 and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. “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.”’
The Browns were convinced enough to trade up from the 26th pick to the 22nd to select Manziel.
So let this be a lesson for anyone who looks down on Millenials and their habit of using their phones 22 hours a day. Good things come to those who text.
I’d be interested to know the last time a high-profile athlete practically begged to go to Cleveland. This guy truly is a trailblazer.