Detroit Lions rookie long snapper Jimmy Landes is on a mission to save his childhood friend Johnny Manziel.
Landes and the former Cleveland Browns quarterback grew up together in Texas playing sports and have kept in touch ever since, according to ESPN. (SLIDESHOW: This Gorgeous Woman Might Be The Sexiest Girlfriend In The NFL)
“When I got drafted, I told my parents, I get this money. I told [my brother] John this. I said, ‘I get my signing bonus, I want to go find Johnny. Get a plane ticket and go find him. Get with him.’ I’d bring J.B. [Moss] with me. Just to be with him and pick apart his mind, like why are you doing this? Why are you doing that?” Landis told ESPN. (PHOTOS: Check Out The Model Manziel Scooped Up During Unemployment)
Manziel’s contact with Landes has apparently dropped off ever since he went off the rails, but Lions rookie said the two “spoke for a few minutes” on Facebook recently.
Landes also described Manziel has a leader he always knew was destined for big things. (SLIDESHOW: This Gorgeous Olympian Loves To Show Off Lots Of Skin)
The former Heisman winner has had a wild offseason. He has been criticized for partying too much and not caring enough about football anymore. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Allegedly Trashes Multi-Million Dollar Mansion)
Only time will tell what direction the Manziel saga will take next.