Johnny Manziel expressed interest in the new XFL and it backfired immediately

  • Johnny Manziel appeared to express interest in joining Vince McMahon's newly announced reboot of the XFL in 2020.
  • Unfortunately for Manziel, just moments after his plea, McMahon specified that the league would have specific character requirements that would likely bar Manziel from ever playing.


On Thursday Vince McMahon announced his intention to bring back the XFL in 2020.

The opening kickoff of the revamped league is still a long while off. But one ex-NFL player was already thinking about staging a comeback of his own, only to be almost immediately rejected by McMahon — Johnny Manziel.

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12 Jul 2000: Vince McMahon smiles during the XFL Press Conference at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, California.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
4 Jan 2001: A general view of the official XFL Football during the Los Angeles Extreme Training Camp at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Henderson, Nevada.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
385125 01: Kasey Simons, an 8 year old girl from Tampa, Florida screams during a pep rally for the new XFL Orlando Rage February 2, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. The pep rally was held at Universal Studio's Citywalk. (Photo by Preston Mack/Newsmakers)
3 Feb 2001: Haven Fields #52 of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen stands in the team huddleduring the game against the Las Vegas Outlaws at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Outlaws defeated the Hitmen 19-0.Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport
3 Feb 2001: Leo Araguz #2 of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen moves in to kick the ball held by Cortez Guffey #11 during the game against the Las Vegas Outlaws at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Outlaws defeated the Hitmen 19-0.Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport
03 Feb 2001: Russell Lala of Melbourne, Florida cheers for the Orlando Rage during XFL opening night against the Chicago Enforcers at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT
ORLANDO, UNITED STATES: Orlando Rage wide receiver Kevin Swayne (4) runs past Chicago Enforcers back Corey Ivy (24) for a touchdown during the first quarter of the new XFL league opening game at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, 03 February 2001. AFP PHOTO/Tony RANZE (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)
4 Feb 2001: A general view of the game between the Los Angeles Xtreme and the San Francisco Demons at the Pac Bell Stadium in San Francisco, California. The Demons defeated the Xtreme 16-15.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
4 Feb 2001: Jermaine Copeland #86 of the Los Angeles Extreme carries the ball as he is tackled by Wendell Davis #21 of the San Francisco Demons at Pac Bell Stadium in San Francisco, California. The Demons defeated the Extreme 16-15.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
4 Feb 2001: A general view of the field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background taken during the game between the Los Angeles Extreme and the San Francisco Demons at Pac Bell Stadium in San Francisco, California. The Demons defeated the Extreme 16-15.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
10 Feb 2001: Jamal 'Deathblow' Duff #96 of the Los Angeles Xtreme takes a break during the game against the Chicago Enforcers at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Xtreme defeated the Enforcers 39-32.Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
10 Feb 2001: A general view of an Orlando Rage fan holding a sign during the game against the San Francisco Demons at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Rage defeated the Demons 26-14.Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
10 Feb 2001: Dialleo Burks #81 of the Orlando Rage and Brandin Young #23 of the San Francisco Demons scramble for the ball before the start of the game, to see who will receive and who will kick, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. This is the XFL answer to the traditional coin toss. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT
24 Feb 2001: Wally Richardson #14 of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen runs with the ball during the game against the Chicago Enforcers at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Hitmen defeated the Enforcers 13-0.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
18 Mar 2001: Saladin McCoullough #24 of the Los Angeles Xtreme is tackled by Stephen Fisher #35 and Louis Riddick #33 of Orlando Rage at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Xtreme defeated the Rage 31-6.Mandatory Credit: Christopher Ruppel /Allsport
15 Apr 2001: Saladin McCullough #24 of the Los Angeles Xtreme runs for a touchdown against the Chicago Enforcers at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran/ALLSPORT
21 Apr 2001: The Los Angeles Xtreme and the San Francisco Demons during the XFL Championship game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran/Allsport
21 Apr 2001: Tinker Keck #23 of the Los Angeles Xtreme celebrates after defeating the San Francisco Demons 38-6 in the XFL Championship game at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran/Allsport
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Just a few minutes into McMahon's press conference, Johnny Manziel took to Twitter to shout out the league, presumably expressing interest in playing in it.

It's a pairing that would make sense for both parties involved on paper.

The XFL will have to stock up on high-profile, non-NFL talent if they want to draw interest to the league. Meanwhile, Manziel has been attempting to mount a comeback to football for some time. Most recently he was negotiating terms for a potential contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

Instead, Manziel's XFL dreams were almost immediately shut down.

As McMahon's press conference continued, he addressed some of the other platitudes that the XFL would abide by, including a surprisingly strong stance on player character.

"The quality of the human being is very important and just as important is the quality of the player," he said. "You want someone who does not have any criminality associated with him whatsoever. … Even if you have a DUI, you will not play in the XFL."

With Manziel's history and record, it's unlikely he'd qualify should the league actually choose to enforce such strict standards on character.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on prior to the star of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns laughs while stretching prior to a game against the Tennessee Titans on September 20, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 28-14. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns listens to Joe Haden #23 on the sideline during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns runs out of the tackle of safety Coty Sensabaugh #24 of the Tennessee Titans during a game on September 20, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 28-14. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 30-9. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 07: Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel at Kyle Field on November 7, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 13, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns awaits the snap during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 13, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 24-10. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - DECEMBER 11, 2015: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns walks onto the field during a practice on December 11, 2015 at the Cleveland Browns traininst facility in Berea, Ohio. Cleveland will host the San Francisco 49ers on December 13 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 30-9. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns rushes against defensive end Cassius Marsh #91 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Browns 30-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Many on Twitter were quick to point out Manziel's mistake.

With the XFL not scheduled to start until 2020 and few plans clearly set in stone, there's plenty of time for McMahon to have a change of heart and figure out some way of getting Manziel involved in the league.

But for now, if you're looking to support a former NFL quarterback to captain your XFL team, chances are you'll have better luck trying to get Tim Tebow to give up minor league baseball.

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