Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning came to Johnny Manziel's defense on Monday, a day after the highly scrutinized Texas A&M QB went home early from the Manning Passing Academy for missing and showing up late for assignments as a counselor.
"I enjoyed meeting Johnny," Manning told ESPN.com. "I can remember a 20-year-old Eli [Manning] missing a meeting [at camp] and catching some flak. We always have counselors who leave early. Johnny was great with the campers for the time he was here. He had to leave early. I wish him the best and I want him to come back as a counselor next year."
Manziel's father texted The Dallas Morning Newsthat his son was suffering from dehydration. According to a release from the camp, the Heisman Trophy winner's reason for leaving a day early was because he was feeling sick.
"Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach," the statement read. "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."
The Manning camp takes place in Thibodaux, La., and allows middle and high school-aged quarterbacks to learn fundamentals from some of the best in the game, including Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Scott Gleeson, a national college sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter@ScottMGleeson.
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