Momma always knows best. Never does it matter how hard or vicious an athlete hits on the gridiron. Momma is always there to keep that nasty prototype of an athlete grounded.

In Johnny Manziel's case, it's been more than momma knows best. It's been momma is the secret.

Manziel recently spoke candidly about his NFL comeback attempt and how exactly he's been able to successfully turn his life around. Apparently, the secret weapon he cites is Michelle Manziel, his mother, via ESPN.

“I got so low to the point where I questioned what I was doing and if my life was probably really worth living to a point anymore and got really down and really had to sit and reflect and look on what I was doing every day,” Manziel said Wednesday during an interview with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt.

“My mom came to me one day and asked me — she didn't really ask, she was just in tears — ‘What are you doing with your life? Why do I have to go around and get this secondhand of words and conversations of the negative things you're doing around the world that's coming back to me?'

Manziel, 25, is a former 22nd overall choice by the Cleveland Browns via the 2014 NFL Draft. Though he's missed the last two NFL seasons, his name and life have been mired in the headlines more than any active athlete in the country.

Stuck in a constant state of drug and alcohol addiction while partying at every opportunity, Manziel describes it as a “rut.” After a specifically rough and candid conversation with momma, Manziel described himself as waking up.

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“And I saw how bad that it broke her heart, and it sucked. And it really hit home.”

Over the last several months, Johnny Football's seemingly on the road to not only recovery, but back to the league where they play for pay. He's made all the right moves and spoken all the right words while staying out of the bad boy headlines (hello, TMZ).

The most promising sign, perhaps, is that he's willing to head north of the border to the CFL shall none of the 32 NFL organizations take a chance on him leading into training camp.

Twelve teams went to take a look at Manziel as he threw for prospects at San Diego's Pro Day. The same interest was sparked when he did the same at Texas A&M's Pro Day.

Stay tuned, folks. The Johnnhy Manziel comeback rages on.