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By: Josh Clark

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) – Johnny Manziel’s friend Nate Fitch, or “Uncle Nate” as he’s also referred to, spoke to the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday.

Fitch asked Ben and Skin if he could come onto the show so that he could reach Johnny and get him some help. He doesn’t care what the repercussions are, or even if Johnny would get upset with him, all he wants to do his help his friend.

“If Johnny’s mad at me for doing this, if he’s frustrated or annoyed at my calls or texts, I don’t care,” said Fitch. “I love Johnny and I care about him deeply as a brother and as a best friend, and if there’s anything I can do to interrupt what he’s doing right now and to just give him a five second look at reality, I’ll do that.”

Fitch is a life long friend of Manziel. Photos of the former Heisman trophy winner and Fitch were all over the internet during Manziel’s freshman and sophomore years at Texas A&M.

The two seemed inseparable. Every time there was a picture of Manziel on twitter or Instagram, you could always seem to find Uncle Nate standing right there next to him.

Fitch says he’s still regularly in contact with Manziel, but he didn’t think it was appropriate to continue with their partying ways when Manziel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns two years ago.

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Fitch is so afraid of the road his friend is on right now that he worries for his life, just as Manziel’s father claimed recently.

“The path that he’s on is not one that typically gets better by itself, and unless something happens, somebody intervenes, somebody close to him is able to get through to him… If he’s listening now maybe this will work,” said Fitch. “Whoever is that person, whether it’s me, a stranger out there, somebody of influence, it has to be done with love and compassion. You cannot shame somebody in his position into seeing what is going on. You just have to love them through it and meet them where they are at… If somebody’s able to do that then he’ll find a way out.”

“I have faith that Johnny will find his way out. I’ve seen him on the field and off the field work his way out of some really slippery situations. In no way shape or form do I think that he’s going to be a failure or a bust. He’s going to be a tremendous success in the NFL, he’s going through a rough patch like anybody else and the only difference is it’s publicized by everybody and their mother.”

Fitch believes he’s somewhat at fault for enabling Manziel over the years. He can now only hope that by coming onto the Ben and Skin show that it will help his friend.

“Johnny Football is a football player, Johnny Manziel is a struggling young man, who is desperately trying to find his way,” Fitch said. “You cannot enable him, enabling him is the wrong way to go and I’ve been in that position before. That’s why I’m here right now. I’m doing a hard thing by speaking out and saying I’m not going to stand here and waste my time for another minute… If I can help him, I’m going to do it.”

In regards to Johnny Manziel wanting to become a Dallas Cowboy. Fitch believes it can still be a possibility and thinks Jerry Jones is someone that could help his friend.

“That’s his dream, ending up with a star on his helmet. That’s his dream,” said Fitch. “I think it still is, I think that could still happen. All he’s gotta do is just face the music a little bit right now, get through some of these hard times. Own up to a few of his own actions, get clean, start working out again. This time next year he’s the buzz. He’s the man again, he’s the big man on campus. I think Jerry will hear that, I think Jerry will see that, if Johnny makes an effort and really tries… I think Jerry Jones is the number one guy that could help somebody like Johnny.”

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