Johnny Manziel has everything in the world going for him. At only 20 years old he has already beaten Alabama, picked up a Cotton Bowl win, and become the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy. Despite the great success on the field Johnny Football makes questionable decisions off of it. Nearly a month after getting into hot water for saying he couldn’t wait to leave College Station the young quarterback is in the news once again and not for anything good.
Yesterday Archie Manning threw Manziel out of the Manning Passing Academy for showing up to practice late and hungover. According to the report:
Manziel showed up tardy Saturday afternoon after being out on the town Friday night. The Texas A&M star reportedly enjoyed himself a little too much Friday night and rolled back into the camp at Nicholls State University some time around noon Saturday before getting the boot.
All after hitting the town with AJ McCarron and the Manning boys the night before. So listen, on the one hand I get it. You’re 20 years old and one of the most famous players in college athletics. Everywhere you go people want to talk to you and help you have a good time. As a sophomore in college how could you not take advantage of it. However being an athlete comes with a certain level of responsibility. First of all as a Heisman winner you have teenagers all across the country who want to emulate you. Second you just feed opposing fan bases material to use against you.
Maybe it’s all just a kid being a kid. But it’s hard not to look at the whole situation and not be concerned for the guy’s future. So many athletes have shown they can’t adapt to their new found fame and hopefully Johnny Football’s errors won’t continue to happen in such a public light. How would you react if this was happening with say Max Smith? Would it be worth it just to win? Or do you want players that perform well when they’re not in the stadium?