Have you ever known someone who was on a self-destructive path toward rock bottom? And regardless of any wise council or offers of help they received, they wouldn’t listen and continued spiraling downward. For example, I’ll use NFL Quarterback, Johnny Manziel. The man had a great collegiate career, was a Heisman Trophy winner, and a 2014-22nd first round selection in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. Instant story of success…right? Not exactly. Despite all of this good fortune, the man has had a tumultuous career filled with off field issues so disruptive that the Brown’s Organization has finally had enough, and waived him. In fact, he’s in serious jeopardy of never playing in the NFL again, because at this time, no other teams seem interested in him. At least not until after he gets the help that he sorely needs, and he changes his foolish attitude, if he’s willing. He’s been offered assistance, been giving sound advice by many respected coaches and peers, and was even put into a rehab program by the Browns, but yet, the man continues to implode with off the field destructive behavior. Some will say, that he just don’t get it, or he don’t care. Maybe he needs to hit rock bottom before the light switch comes on. Sadly, that’s what it takes for some folks, and even then, foolishly refuse to change, either finding themselves behind bars-or worse yet…dead.
Personally, I get annoyed when I hear the talking heads say, “They need to get him help.” Who needs to get him help? You can’t help someone who doesn’t listen to council or want to change, and he doesn’t seem to want it. So as far as I’m concerned, if he’s too proud and foolish to seek help, then let him learn through the school of hard knocks! Toss him into prison, where he should be after beating his ex-girlfriend. But these days, it appears that athletes get slapped on the wrist for off the field ludicrous behavior, unlike the rest of us folks, which is one area where I think our justice system is flawed.
Manziel’s career has been similar to that of another former quarterback named Ryan Leaf, whose NFL career and personal life also capsized, and he has recently mentioned, ‘It’s like a mirror’ when referring to Manziel. Ryan Leaf has been quoted as saying, “There’s always a solution, but it’s so hard to see when you’re on this pedestal and you think you don’t need help.” I suppose that could be titled, when pride goes wrong. Leaf eventually found himself in prison, which was when the light switch finally turned on for him. He had to hit rock bottom and it’s possible that Manziel will as well. At least if that occurs, you hope that he finally gets it.
There is also another rock bottom man mentioned in the Bible, in Luke Chapter 15: 11-32. He was rich too, and foolishly left the easy life under his father and journeyed into a far country, where he wasted his substance with riotous living. In didn’t take long for him to find himself in serious want. In fact so much so, that he survived by eating pig’s food. Now that’s rock bottom!
Verses 16-18- And he would fain have filled his belly with the husk that the swine did eat: and no man gave to him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.
The man had to hit rock bottom before he finally came to his senses, but the good news was that he finally came to himself. And because of it, everything worked out for him in the end, and his father eagerly accepted him back into the fold, and they lived happily ever after. My advice for Johnny Manziel or anyone else in a similar dire situation would be to come to your senses, like the son in the Bible. There’s always hope, and there’s always help. Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom to seek it.