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Forget Johnny Football! He's Johnny Immature!

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Johnny Manziel came out of college too soon.

By all rights, he should be a senior at Texas A & M, which hasn't set the world on fire since he left following his sophomore season. Talent is one thing, but being mature enough to actually play in the NFL, much less the CFL, is another thing altogether, and Manziel is one of a bazillion players who came out too early, spurred on by the predictable cadre of hangers-on and other leeches to chase the money. Last year, he was on football card wrappers and did a ridiculous Snickers commercial, posing as an aerobics instructor. This year? No endorsements, and he's been taken to school by opposing defenses who think he's all show and no go. So far, save for some flashes of brilliance, they've been proven right.

While you can take the frat boy off campus and make him a pro athlete, for every Rob Gronkowski, there seems to be at least a dozen of the Manziel variety. Gronk looks like a frat boy, and probably was. Manziel? He gets caught on camera partying a wee bit too hard, and he gets demoted to 3rd string, playing behind not only Josh McCown, but also Austin Davis, as of yesterday.

Now, I've also believed that Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston came out too soon, especially with the off-field baggage that piled up last year at Florida State. There's been no new drama getting in the way of his rookie season with the Bucs, and he just torched Philadelphia for 5 TDs four days ago. Winston is going about his business the right way. Manziel wouldn't know the difference between the right way and the wrong way, even if someone used Oliver Hardy's recital of that phrase as a ringtone on his phone.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if by next spring, Manziel will be dealt somewhere so the Browns can trade up to get someone else. It's either that, or he gets released. However, before another NFL team takes a chance on him, there's one piece of advice they need to give his agent, whomever that is. Send him back to school so he can finally grow up.
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  1. gkcardtrader's Avatar
    Haven't followed NFL in years, But I remember seeing his First pitch on tv for MLB and he acted like a fool. He looks more of an MLB than an NFL kind of guy. More than that he does sweat immaturity.
  2. hobbyfan's Avatar
    Was that for an Indians game, or either Texas or Houston?
  3. scottkoz20's Avatar
    I think he could have used 1 more year in school, if for no other reason, to get his "partying" out. His career is going to end before it gets a chance to take off.
  4. hobbyfan's Avatar
    Part of the problem with kids like Manziel and Winston is that once the hype starts, then you have all these glad-handers that come along and put ideas in their heads that they're ready for the pros. Winston, in particular, was exposed in the CFP semis vs. Oregon, and, coincidentally, his pro debut was against the same QB (Marcus Mariota), as TB was blown out by Tennessee opening day. Winston, though, has grown up a bit the last couple of months, as he's learned quickly to adjust, something Manziel seems unwilling or unable to do.
  5. mikejohnj's Avatar
    My opinion. Live in Texas and have been for the past 25 years. He did some amazing things at A&M, got his badge of honor and he does know the game from positions other that QB from an earlier age than most. I give him credit for that.....Amazing player but the attitude of a punk.

    Made the 1st round in the draft. Threw me for a loop. I'm no angel, I am pretty good at my job but no starting QB per say but if i applied for any job with a bunch of stuff on my record regardless of how good i am, I probably wouldn't get hired in the first place let alone get a million dollar contract.

    So he is too small to begin with to have a decent career in the NFL. He will probably party his Cleveland contract away, get released and get a 1 year contract with Jerry Jones to keep the dis-function alive. If he is smart and takes care of his family now instead of partying with his friends, he might be able to borrow some money back when he is tanked.
  6. hobbyfan's Avatar
    Do you believe, then, that Manziel left Texas A & M too soon? Seems to be the prevalent belief.....
  7. 14smoke2x's Avatar
    Winston should be in jail.
  8. hobbyfan's Avatar
    That would be assuming they had enough evidence to 1) press charges and 2) hold him w/o bail. Didn't happen. Winston's put it behind him, and has played more like a solid citizen.