Ex-A&M teammates Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans swap NFL jerseys after game (pic)
It may have been a somewhat bittersweet encounter for one and a pretty cool moment for the other when Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans met up last Sunday after their respective NFL teams faced one another on the gridiron.
Manziel and Evans, former teammates at Texas A&M where they combined to generate over 2,000 yards of passing offense, met up following the Browns’ 22-17 victory over the Bucs.
Evans posted a photograph of the two after the former teammates exchanged pro jerseys, both of which had been signed by the other.
“We on different squads now but we still brothers,” Evans wrote on Instagram in a post published Tuesday.
The heartfelt sentiment may have not felt genuine depending on Manziel’s perspective when Evans busted out the QB’s “Money” hand gesture after scoring one of his two receiving touchdowns on the day (via Eye on Football):
Evans insisted afterward that the mimicking of Manziel’s move was done all in good fun and out of love for Johnny Football, not in a mocking tone.
“It just came to my mind,” Evans said after the game, via ESPN.com. “That’s one of my best buds. I just wanted to give him a hard time.”
It’s awfully easy for Evans to have some fun at Manziel’s expense given where the two find themselves in their respective NFL careers. While Manziel may have bragging rights — of a sort — in light of Cleveland’s win, Evans is having a far better start to his pro career than his former teammate, as surprising the case as that may be.
In seven games this season, Evans has 32 receptions for 460 yards and four touchdowns. Manziel? His numbers don’t quite rise to that level of statistical-based achievement … in that there really aren’t many number to speak of at this point.
[H/T NFL Nation]