BEREA, Ohio — There were No. 2 cheap nfl jerseys everywhere, ringing the practice fields in various shapes, sizes and colors.
On the first day of training camp, Browns fans came out by the thousands, many of them to get their first live look at the popular and polarizing quarterback who electrified college football and who may one day lead Cleveland back to pro football glory.
They all came to see Johnny Manziel.
Strutting around the field with his usual swagger, Manziel went through his first training camp practice Saturday, a workout that finally allowed the focus to be on his playing ability after months of his social life making headlines. A day after acknowledging he “made some rookie mistakes” with his off-the-field exploits, Manziel zipped passes and showed some of the elusiveness that earned him his Johnny Football nickname while at Texas A&M.
“I have fun playing this game,” Manziel said. “I have fun going out on this field playing football. It’s what I live for, it’s what I love to do.”
On Friday, Manziel, who will battle Brian Hoyer for Cleveland’s starting job, said he wished he had done some things differently during the off-season, when his wild weekends partying in Las Vegas nightclubs brought he and the Browns some unwanted publicity. Manziel vowed to be all about football now, and his every move will be dissected over the next few weeks as he and Hoyer compete.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam hopes Manziel sticks to his word and changes his behavior.
“Johnny said it himself, he made some mistakes,” said Haslam. “We expect better from him. I’m sure he’ll perform and now we’re anxious to see what he can do on the field, which is what really counts.”
Haslam, whose Pilot Flying J truck-stop company has been at the center of a federal investigation for fraud, rattled off the names of famous athletes such as LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Derek Jeter as examples of athletes Manziel should try to model himself after.
“The really great athletes make their news on the field, not off the field,” Haslam said.
Hours before the Browns opened the gates of their training complex, fans waited patiently in lines for a chance to get a prime spot to see Manziel.
At 9:22 a.m., Manziel emerged through the door of Cleveland’s locker room and made his way onto the field. As Manziel came into view, fans wearing “Johnny Football T-shirts” and No. 2 cheap nfl jerseys paypal cheered as House of Pain’s “Jump Around” blared through loudspeakers.
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