Johnny Manziel credits a wake-up call from his mother as the inspration for his recent turnaround.
During a Wednesday interview with ESPN, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback opened up about his struggles with substance abuse and how the negative effect it had on those most important in his life motivated him to make a change.
Manziel performed at Texas A&M’s pro day on Tuesday with all 32 NFL teams present. While he is still pushing for an NFL comeback, he will make good on his contract with the CFL if no options come from his workouts.
Manziel’s rights are currently held by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and he has already committed to play in the Spring League, a developmental league in Austin, Texas, beginning this month.
The main thing that everyone knows at the Combine is that you want to run fast, Igwebuike told Sporting News. That’s the one thing that can kind of surprise people, shock people to boost yourself. Speed is one of the major determiners of being successful.
Igwebuike proved that by running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, the fifth-fastest time among safeties. It was part of an impressive performance to follow the display of skills he showed off over the last four years at Northwestern.
Igwebuike (6-0, 205 pounds) totaled 324 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions over four seasons, including 108 tackles as a junior in 2017. He has a reputation as an in-the-box safety who can play near the John Jerry Womens Jersey line of scrimmage, but he believes he can play up to three positions in the secondary for a NFL team.
We played left and right safety at Northwestern, so I played high and low just depending on the play, Igwebuike said. I feel like those are obviously two things I can play. I also want to go for a nickel position which, is more toward the box but outside more like a corner guarding slot receivers. That’s something wanted to showcase and show that I have the speed and agility to do well.
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Igwebuike’s reputation as a tackler is well known, and with that speed he could be a value pick on Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft who blossoms into a productive NFL player.
That last name should be recognizable for 1980s football fans, too. Igwebuike’s father Leo is a cousin of former Tampa Bay kicker Donald Igwebuike and also a second cousin of former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye, remembered as the Nigerian Nightmare.