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Johnny Manziel leaves Manning Passing Academy early

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at the Elite 11 camp in June. (USATSI)
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at the Elite 11 camp in June. (USATSI)

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana early due to illness. Manziel had been serving as a college coach and advisor but missed assigned meetings and practice sessions due to a reported illness.

However, there are rumors that Manziel was asked to leave by Archie Manning, and that his illness was the result of late nights out on the town -- rumors that a Manning Passing Academy spokesman denied in a statement.

"Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach," read the statement. "After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone's best interest for him to go home a day early."

Peyton Manning told ESPN.com that he "enjoyed meeting Johnny" and that he wants Manziel to "come back as a counselor next year." Manning also pointed out that his brother, Eli Manning, missed a meeting when he was a counselor at the camp years ago, and that counselors leave early on a regular basis.

Manziel apologized to camp officials for having to leave early.

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