Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will not flash his signature money celebration anymore.
It all started when Texas A&M kicked off its 2013 season against Rice. The reigning Heisman Trophy victor was suspended for the first half of the game for allegedly taking money in exchange for autographs.
Manziel threw three touchdowns and celebrated with the infamous money sign. The Texas A&M coaches pulled Manziel from the game because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but regardless, the world’s obsession with Manziel swelled.
The Browns’ 2014 first round draft pick even flashed the money sign on stage at Radio City Music Hall after the Browns selected him 22nd overall.
His rookie season, however, didn’t go so well. Manziel played in five games, and posted an 0-2 record as a starter. He completed 18 of 35 attempts (51.4% completion rate), and threw zero touchdowns and two picks. He totaled nine rushes, 29 yards, and one touchdown on the ground.
This year, Manziel spent ten weeks in rehab and took responsibility for his actions. He’s clearly going in the right direction, and could start for the Browns this fall.