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Browns QB Johnny Manziel goes back to school, throws out first pitch on day off

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    Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel gives a thumbs up after talking with students at Grindstone Elementary school in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is greeted by students as he and the other Browns' rookies arrive at Grindstone Elementary school in Berea, Ohio for a community event Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is greeted by students at Grindstone Elementary school in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Browns 2014 rookies visited the school to kick off the NFL football team's community volunteer initiative. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is greeted by students at Grindstone Elementary school in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Browns 2014 rookies visited the school to kick off the NFL football team's community volunteer initiative. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, right, jokes about quarterback Johnny Manziel, left during a visit to Grindstone Elementary school in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The NFL football team's rookies visited the school to promote a community volunteer initiative. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) (The Associated Press)

Johnny Manziel went back to school on a day off from practice.

The Browns' rookie quarterback and Cleveland's other first-year players attended an event Wednesday at a Berea elementary school, where they kicked off a community service program. Welcomed by loud screams inside a packed gymnasium, Manziel smiled and slapped hands with dozens of kids before introducing himself to the crowd by saying, "I'm Johnny Manziel, and I'm from Texas."

Manziel happily signed autographs and posed for photographs. He expected the screaming, saying "nothing much catches me off guard anymore."

Later, the former Heisman Trophy winner was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Indians hosted the Boston Red Sox.

Manziel wasn't worried about making a completion on the diamond, saying it will be the third time he has thrown out a first pitch.

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