It’s been quite a five-year journey for Johnny Manziel. It’s hard to believe how quickly it’s all happened.

At this time in 2012, Texas A&M had just lost starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and pretty much none of us had heard of his eventual successor—Manziel, a 5-foot-11 kid from Kerrville, Texas.

Manziel’s ups and downs in the half-decade that have followed have been well documented. He won the Heisman Trophy, got picked in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, was named the starter, showed some glimpses of promise, and eventually got cut—with who-knows-how-many character-related issues and punishments popping up along the way.

Since his playing career came to an abrupt end after the 2015 season, Manziel has repeatedly promised to get his act together. He’s still making that promise during his frequent posts on social media.

Sunday, he took some time to reflect on his wild five-year journey, posting the following photo with renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield. The two appear to be working together again, per Manziel’s caption.

 

Remember back in 2012 when they didn't know the kid? Who's this midget from Kerrville third on the depth chart in the spring that won the job a week into fall camp? This kid has no chance going into the SEC, they said. He's too short, he's not accurate enough, just a freelancer they said. I bet you'll never forget where you were the day we slayed the Dragon in Tuscaloosa in front of 100,000. You were the first person I called. Or when there was still this conspiracy that a freshman couldn't win the Heisman. Or even after that when we had to play OU in the Cotton Bowl after they smacked our ass the year before, we prevailed. Straight to Dime City for the summer to work on our craft. All the noise, all the hype we blocked it out and fine tuned the machine. Head down grindin. We fell short of the mission in '13, we got healthy and straight back to Dime City for another tune up before an even bigger stage. Head down steady grindin. Now the lights are really on us Whit, the worlds watching, waiting to see the kid. You come to me with this idea to wear pads to my pro day and I'm like "Nah, I'm straight on that cuzzin" you said "you're the rarest of the rare this ain't nothing but a thang, you play in 'em, go be different!" And we did our thang. Under six feet tall and drafted in the 1st round, STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE, screaming it out the window on draft night. Never forget it. Then it all changed and I lost my ways, the grind, the love, the hustle, my way of life in general. Thick and thin you stood by me and I'll never forget it. We thrive when they say "YOU CANT" it's all we've ever known. With the simplistic mindset and goals we have Whit, let's go. "Fix the man and the rest will come" you said. "Don't worry about a thing I got you cuzzin, give me 48 hours to assemble" was all I heard. A day later it's January 12 and I'm Dime City bound once again. Broken, Humbled, but for once in my life thankful for that day and 18 so far sober with a clear head on my shoulders. All I have is today and we'll take this thing a day at a time for as long as it takes. You made it happen and I'm ALL IN cuzzin, because I know you always have been. Let's go #JustWaitOnIt

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Manziel narrated the highs of his career at A&M and being drafted, and also briefly touched on the lows that have followed.

“Then it all changed and I lost my ways, the grind, the love, the hustle, my way of life in general,” Manziel wrote.

So, what could be next after his repeated falls from grace? Manziel appears to be training with Whitfield for a return to the NFL. He concluded with a look ahead to the future.

“All I have is today and we'll take this thing a day at a time for as long as it takes,” Manziel wrote. “You made it happen and I'm ALL IN cuzzin, because I know you always have been."

Good news for Johnny: he may have an option other than the NFL.