Manziel was drafted No. 22 overall by the Browns on May 8, but apparently Johnny Football had to do a little convincing to make it happen, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said.
"We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, 'I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together,' " Loggains said in a radio interview on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly.
"When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),'' Loggains said. "I'm like 'this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.' As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, 'pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.' ''
The text even spawned a hashtag trend, #wreckthisleague.