AP Interview: Manziel says he's done with football -- mostly

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FILE- In this March 24, 2019, file photo, Memphis Express quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an AAF football game against the Birmingham Iron in Memphis, Tenn. After a self-destructing pro career that never close to matching his enormous potential, Manziel says he's done with the game that gave him his catchy moniker (Johnny Football), even as he's dabbling in a fledgling, fan-controlled arena league that was set to begin play Saturday night in suburban Atlanta. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

ATLANTA – No more football for Johnny Football unless it's just for kicks.

After a self-destructing pro career that never came close to fulfilling his enormous potential, Johnny Manziel says he's done with the game that gave him his catchy moniker — even as he's dabbling in a fledgling, fan-controlled arena league that was set to begin play Saturday night in suburban Atlanta.

This is simply a fun little sidelight, Manziel insisted, giving him a chance to take a few snaps in an intriguing new venture and perhaps help some up-and-comers get a look from the NFL.

“This is not my redemption tour,” Manziel said in an interview with The Associated Press

These days, he's more interested in working on his golf game than prepping for another football comeback.

The gridiron is firmly in his rearview mirror.

“If I got an offer to go back to the NFL ... or any other league that plays serious, competitive football, I have zero interest, zero desire,” Manziel said. “My heart's not in it anymore. I don't love football the way I used to love football. Over the course of the last year, I've come to peace with that.”

It's not like he had a bunch of folks knocking at his door, anyway.