Johnny “No Football” Manziel

This picture captures the height of success for Johnny Manziel flanked on left by Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and on the right by former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Photo Courtesy: Governor Rick Perry
This picture captures the height of success for Johnny Manziel flanked on left by Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and on the right by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Photo Courtesy: Governor Rick Perry

By Matthew Behrndt

Johnny Manziel became a household name after a brilliant performance against Alabama during the 2012 season. He went on to win the Heisman trophy during his red-shirt freshman year. That was and now seems to be the highlight for Manziel in the football world.

The next year, in 2013, he actually had better numbers overall but finished fifth in the Heisman voting. After that season the 22 year decided to declare for the 2014 draft.

Most young men that are handed $5 million dollars probably won’t make great decisions. However, he has made some of the worst in recent memory.

He has had a timeline of events that have derailed his career. If you want to see the full list, Sportsday has a great timeline.

The most recent event that has probably landed him out of the NFL for the foreseeable future was $31,000 dollars worth of damage to a rental home. Multiple stains and broken items were strewn about along with different drugs found on the premises. He now has no agent along with no more income.

Manziel was a great college player and his ability to make plays was uncanny. The problem is that he seems to be not a great guy, to put it as lightly as possible. Whether or not you have lots of money, it doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want.

There are millions of people that would do anything to be in the position that Manziel was given. Instead of embracing the next chapter of his life and working at his craft, he squandered it to live in the now. There was no thought towards the future with the decisions that he made; he was as selfish as you possibly can be.

Whoever his “friends” are, well to be frank, they are the worst thing that has happened to him. Now, maybe his friends didn’t encourage him to do all the stupid things he has done. However, if you are his friend then standing by and riding the ride with him instead of fixing it, is just as bad, if not worse.

Manziel has disgraced Texas A&M, his family, the Browns organization, all the companies he signed with and the main one, himself. He continues to fuel the flame that athletes are inconsiderate jerks. He has taken over headlines, while they are intriguing, that should be reserved for good things athletes do. If Manziel had any sense of reality he should have realized how marketable he was. He could have made 100’s of millions of dollars.

Instead, the man who has probably burned through most of the $6 million dollars he has earned and will now be mentioned as one of the all time greatest idiots and busts. He will now be the butt of jokes as long as the game of football is being played.

How he did this is beyond me, a well-educated suburban kid who has heard all the stories of former players messing up has done the same thing?

Now, Manziel is lucky, he has a family structure that can support him and help him because his family enjoys the luxury of having lots of money. I’m sure his family will support him when he reaches rock bottom and in some way he will recover to make a decent living for himself. He won’t have that sad and depressing story that so many other former players have because they didn’t have that support growing up in lower income families and not knowing how to manage their money. Even though as mentioned before it looks like Manziel himself doesn’t know the money management side of things.

Manziel will now be another example in a long line of videotapes to NFL rookies about what not to do. The best thing that Manziel has done in his professional career will now be an example of what not to do. Hopefully, he will be seen as a person not to emulate, no matter how much of a superstar you are.