Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team is on the same page with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.
BEREA, Ohio -- Following an offseason of partying across the country, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a meeting with coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and described everybody as being on the same page.
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After the first practice of this year's training camp at team headquarters in Berea, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam addressed Manziel's partying and said "we'll see" if the message delivered to him actually sinks in.
"I think Johnny said it well, he made some rookie mistakes," Haslam said. "The really great athletes make their news on the field, not off the field, and hopefully, he can look at guys like LeBron and (Tom) Brady and Peyton (Manning) and (Derek) Jeter and pattern himself after those guys who make their news on the field, not off the field."
On Friday, Manziel admitted to making "rookie mistakes," which included being photographed riding an inflatable swan while sipping a bottle of champagne and spraying another bottom of the bubbly onto a crowd from a stage at a concert in Las Vegas. Most recently, Manziel's exploits have featured him holding a stack of cash to his ear pretending to talk on a "money phone," as well as a controversial photo of him rolling up a dollar bill in a bathroom.
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"We expect better from him," Haslam said. "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. I think we're all on the same page with Johnny."
After Saturday's practice, Manziel spoke about Haslam's advice to follow the professional example set by men like Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter.
"I think those are two of the greatest athletes to play their respective sports in this country," Manziel said. "I'm sure they all made their mistakes at 21, 20 years old when they first came into the league, but what I take away from that is you learn from the best and you learn how those guys have carried themselves, which is extremely well, on and off the court. I absolutely agree with Mr. Haslam that I can learn from guys like that."
Also, Manziel described why he believes his popularity has risen to a level where people want to be around him constantly.
"The reason that I'm popular or the reason people follow me, and there's been such a buzz around me, is when I went out on Saturdays at Texas A&M, I played with an extreme amount of passion, and played with my heart on my sleeve, but more than anything, I had fun," Manziel said. "I have fun playing this game. I have fun going out on this field. It's what I live for. It's what I do."
Manziel described his passion for off-the-field pursuits as being "the same way" as it is when it comes to playing football.
"Whether I'm going out and playing golf, whether I'm going out and having a night life, whatever it is, I have a lot of fun," Manziel said. "That's what my life is, and luckily for me, I'm living out my dream playing in the NFL, having a ton of fun. My dream has come true. When I finally get time to get some down time and celebrate that with my family, with my friends, this is the greatest life that I could've ever imagined for me, and I'm loving that.
"Will I continue to get better at being a professional and learn lessons about life? Of course. I'm only 21 years old, and age is not an excuse, but I need to mature, and I have done some immature things. Moving forward, I'm going to try and mature and get better and handle myself better as a professional. That's really all I can say about that.
"My life is really incredible. I'm blessed to be in this position, and I'm going to have fun each and every day. Whether it's practice, whether it's training camp, whether it's during the season, going out and playing a game, which will be even better, or it's going out in the offseason, playing golf or hanging out with my family, life's fun. Enjoy it while it's here."