Doug Flutie believes Johnny Manziel will have quite a challenge playing in Canada
After months of speculation, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel will be playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL. Unsurprisingly, Doug Flutie has taken an interest in Manziel’s next venture.
As many know, Flutie had starred in the CFL before transitioning to the NFL. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, he says Manziel will need to overcome some stiff competition if he is going to mirror the same success he had:
“In Johnny’s situation, very similar to me, there’s a learning curve that goes on up there and you’re competing against guys who are veterans in the league and know what they’re doing,” Flutie said. “You really have to learn that game and get efficient at it to win championships and be at that caliber.”
Flutie added that Manziel must take on responsibilities that extend beyond the field.
“He needs to be a leader on the team, show that he’s serious about football again, and put his nose to the grindstone and go,” Flutie said.
Needless to say, Flutie knows a thing or two about what it takes to make such a transition. He finished his college career with every prestigious award available.
However, questions about his size led to him having to play in the CFL for eight years before getting the call-up. Fortunately, Flutie managed to make the most of it by winning three Grey Cups and winning the CFL’s MOP award six times. He then flourished with the Buffalo Bills and was even selected to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
Manziel should heed Flutie’s advice if he wants to walk a similar path back to the league. Early reports indicate that he is currently the backup quarterback. Manziel will need to prove that he is more than capable of leading the team both on and off the field if wants to convince NFL teams that he has truly changed his ways as a player.