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Johnny Manziel reveals how LeBron James tried pulling him out of depression during dark days with Cleveland Browns

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Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that LeBron James looks out for his people. That circle even includes former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel.

Manziel and James crossed paths when the latter was still part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ organization from 2014-15, the only two seasons ‘Johnny Football’ played in the NFL. While Manziel’s pro football career didn’t turn out the way anyone imagined after his wildly successful Texas A&M stint in college, he hasn’t forgotten about how James was there for him at his lowest points.

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LeBron James tried to be there for Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel had some bad influences in his life, but LeBron James was one of his biggest idols. The Akron, Ohio native was a savior for Cleveland, and Manziel had plans of doing the same, only in the NFL instead of the NBA.

It didn’t quite work out that way, but Manziel sounds appreciative of how James tried to lift the QB’s spirits when times got tough.

“When I was in Cleveland, LeBron James would text me every week to come over and watch a game or play poker with the boys… I was so depressed that even the biggest role model in my life couldn’t get me out of bed to hang out with him.”

Johnny Manziel on his past relationship with LeBron James

Here’s the clip, if you have eight minutes to kill.

Manziel only played 14 games in his NFL career, which is still more than most sports fans/critics/wannabe athletes. But now he’s opening up about some of the rollercoaster experiences he went through, and it’s hard not to wonder how Johnny Football’s story could have been written differently.

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