CLEVELAND – Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel made a surprise appearance during Panini America’s third annual National VIP Party on Saturday night inside FirstEnergy Stadium. But Manziel didn’t attend the gala just to rub elbows with special guests such as Joe Namath, Kyrie Irving or Jose Canseco, or to revel in the night’s festivities with roughly 200 attendees. Instead, he dropped by to announce that he, along with Panini America, will be providing a helmet equipment grant to Pop Warner’s Northeast Ohio team, the Bedford Heights Saints.
“Ever since I was a little kid playing Pop Warner myself, this has always been one of my favorite times of the year because it means it’s time to get ready for the season,” Manziel said. “I feel that same sense of excitement today and can’t wait to hit the field with the Browns. But before then, I wanted to join with Panini to help kick the season off on the right foot with new helmets for a very deserving program in Cleveland — for kids who have the same dream that I had when I was their age.”
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