Manziel says he'll play in Byron Nelson pro-am


“Johnny Football” will become “Johnny Golf” next week when he tees it up in a pro-am for the Byron Nelson Championship.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M who was a first-round draft pick of Cleveland on Thursday night, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he recently played Colonial Country Club for the first time, "really just practicing for the Byron Nelson Pro-Am next week in Las Colinas."

The Byron Nelson Championship Gold Pro-Am is scheduled Wednesday at TPC Four Seasons in Irving. A Celebrity-Am is scheduled Tuesday at Dallas National. Reportedly Manziel will play with fellow Texas A&M product Ryan Palmer.

Manziel is an avid golfer. According to the Star Telegram article, he played Pebble Beach last year while he was training in San Diego with his quarterbacks coach, George Whitfield, and he said he shot in the upper 70s at Colonial.

A Houton Chronicle article reported that Manziel's parents, Paul and Michelle Manziel, are dedicated golfers.