Aug 9, 2023 - Sports

New Netflix doc traces Johnny Manziel's rise through San Antonio

Johnny Manziel, wearing a plaid shirt, sits at a desk at a sporting event with a microphone attached to his head.

Johnny Manziel commentating an SEC Championship game. Photo: Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images

The San Antonio area features prominently in "Untold: Johnny Football," Wednesday's No. 1 movie on Netflix.

State of play: The first half of the documentary follows the meteoric rise of Kerrville's Johnny Manziel — tracing his career from his days playing at Tivy High School an hour north of city limits to his time as the face of Texas A&M.

  • Manziel's former best friend, Nate Fitch, recalled to filmmakers how the young star "manhandled" his opponents on fields throughout the Hill Country and San Antonio.
  • At one point, Fitch remembered when Manziel "hurdled" over a McCollum player who was standing up straight on his way to a touchdown.
  • Madison, Boerne Champion, Clemens, Steele and Canyon high school football teams also feature as opponents.

Of note: Even San Antonio artist Rob "The Barber" Ferrell made an appearance. At the height of Manziel's Aggie career, Ferrell offered free Johnny Football-themed haircuts.

  • One 17-year-old taker from Kerrville was sent home from school because it violated dress code policies.

Yes, but: The documentary, which features candid interviews with Manziel throughout, also goes on to follow the scrutiny he later attracted.

  • After becoming the first college freshman to win the Heisman in 2012, his partying intensified.
  • The film details Manziel's rocky rookie NFL season as a Cleveland Browns quarterback, his substance abuse, mental health and legal troubles, as well as his life after football in Arizona.

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