Johnny Manziel Files Paperwork for “Johnny Football” Nickname
Johnny Manziel hasn't played in the NFL since December 2015, but still wants to hold onto the rights to his nickname, "Johnny Football."
A lawyer representing the former NFL prospect and his company, JMan2 Enterprises, filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week, just one day before the nickname would have been abandoned.
After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2014, Manziel's camp negotiated a deal that allowed the NFL Players Association to sell the nickname to its licensees in exchange for a higher percentage of royalties from sales for Manziel.
Also, in an autograph deal with Panini Authentic, he commanded more money if he signed "Johnny Football" along with his autograph.
Two years after being drafted, the Browns cut Manziel, following a number of off-field incidents and antics.