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Manziel: 'I'm not going to change for anybody'

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 27 2014 03:34:12 PM CDT
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Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he will not change, despite criticism he receives for his perceived off-the-field behavior.

Manziel receives a lot of attention when he appears in public. He has been photographed on occasions with alcohol, gaining a reputation for being a partier.

Speaking at a Play 60 event as part of the NFL Rookie Symposium on Friday, Manziel said he does not care how he is perceived by the public.

"I'm not going to change for anybody," Manziel said. "I'm going to enjoy my time off."

Manziel said he would like to see the media coverage he receives away from football go away.

"I want to wake up with a week and not have my name going through something," he said. "And I'm working on getting better at that, but if I want to go back home and spend time with my friends or go out and enjoy my weekends I absolutely have the right to do that."

Manziel further defended how he spends his time off the field.

"I don't think I'm doing anything wrong," he said. "Everybody on the weekends goes out and enjoys their life. Just for them, they don't have people that when they walk into a place pull out their phone and all they want to do is follow me around and record everything."

Manziel said he wants to be the Browns' starting quarterback but understands that, heading into training camp, he is behind Brian Hoyer.

"I'm here. I'm very committed to football," he said. "I'm committed to my job, and on the weekends I'm going to enjoy my time off."

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