COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Manziel put on a show at his NFL pro day for an audience that included former President George H.W. Bush.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 75 officials from 30 teams on the Texas A&M campus on Thursday.
He also had some special guests, as the former president and wife Barbara rolled into the facility on golf carts about 10 minutes into the workout.
Manziel threw about 65 passes to six receivers, including A&M teammate Mike Evans, who like Manziel is expected to a first-round pick in May’s draft. Manziel caused a stir by choosing to wear a helmet and shoulder pads during the workout.
Manziel didn’t understand why it was a big deal, saying: “You play the game in shoulder pads on Sundays. Why not come out and do it? … For me, it was a no-brainer.”
Moreno joins Dolphins
MIAMI — Running back Knowshon Moreno has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Dolphins, whose ground game last season ranked 26th in the NFL.
Moreno, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2013 with the Broncos when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes and scored 13 touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,586 yards from scrimmage, and tied for fourth with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Montee Ball, a rookie last year, made Moreno expendable in Denver.
Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas were the Dolphins’ primary ball carriers last season, and both remain on the roster. Moreno has a career average of 4.1 yards per carry, compared to 4.2 for Miller and 3.6 for Thomas.
Denver made Moreno the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft after he played at Georgia. He has career rushing totals of 3,468 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Moreno became a social media sensation when he cried during the national anthem before a game in December. He has been slowed by injuries and has played in all 16 games just twice in his career.
Ravens’ Rice indicted
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted his fiancee in an elevator at casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rice had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. But a grand jury indicted him Thursday on a more serious count of aggravated assault. It carries a sentence of three to five years.
Palmer also had been charged with simple assault. Prosecutors say that complaint was dismissed.
The couple lives in the Baltimore suburb of Reistertown.
Palmer’s attorney has said he’s certain no crime was committed. Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, says Rice denies the charge and that the couple is happy and in counseling.
Colts owner possessed $29K at time of arrest
CARMEL, Ind. — Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving and other charges, according to the arrest report.
The cash was in Irsay’s wallet, metal briefcase and two laundry bags. The briefcase and bags, which were on the front passenger-side floor, also contained bottles of pills of various colors, the police report says.
Irsay, 54, denied being drunk when he was arrested in suburban Carmel on March 16, although the
billionaire was so disoriented that officers made
him sit on the hood of a patrol car to keep him from falling, the report said. The arresting officer said he “believed Irsay to be intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol,” according to the report.
The arrest report listed a dozen pieces of evidence identified as prescription drugs, but it didn’t specify which drugs they were. Irsay told the officer that he had taken several prescription medications that day but had not been drinking.
The contents of the arrest report by Carmel police were first reported Thursday by The Indianapolis Star, which obtained the report through a public records request.