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Johnny Manziel will start for CFL’s Montreal Alouettes on Friday

Johnny Manziel, Alouettes, CFL

Johnny Manziel is finally getting another chance to start a football game, this time with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Former Green Bay Packers coach and current Alouettes coach Mike Sherman announced on Tuesday via TSN that the former Texas A&M star would get a chance to lead the team.

Manziel will be making the start against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team that traded him to the Alouettes in return for two players and two first-round draft picks. Manziel told the media it would be weird going against his former team, but it’s a perfect first team to play against because of his familiarity with the defense.

“I feel fortunate enough this week to be going against a team, a defense that I’ve seen more than any other defense since I’ve been in the CFL,” Manziel told reporters in Montreal on Tuesday. “I feel like I really know this personnel very well, I feel like I know this team in and out because I was a part of it.

“It’s definitely going to be a little weird playing against those guys but at the end of the day it’s business and I’m in a new home. It will be good to see some familiar faces this week but also a challenge and a very good defense.”

How well he plays and if he can turn around the Alouettes season is still to be seen, but if anything else it should be a good show of the former first-round picks talent.