Johnny Manziel has certainly taken some heat in the offseason. That's an understatement. Johnny Manziel was an unheralded QB at Texas A&M before the 2012 season. Head coach Kevin Sumlin didn't even know if Manziel would win the starting job untill the fall.
Then it happened, Manziel got the nod, led A&M to an 11-2 record in its 1st year in the SEC, and upset #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He then went on to win the Heisman for the first time in college football history as a freshman, and blew out #11 Oklahoma, 41-13. (Not just Bama, Stoops!)
Johnny Football has become a college football celebrity. Being 20 years old and a national icon is tough, and Manziel has found that out the hard way. He has been the recepient of a lot of controversy. From all his offseason partying, living it up, to the Twitter comments, Manziel has received his fair share of criticism.
Manziel has had a great offseason. He's met Lebron James, the Duck Dynasty Bros, and other celebrities. He's been courtside to multiple NBA games including Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Manziel has also partied it up and done some questionable things. After a visit to a casino in Oklahoma, Manziel tweeted this,
"Nothing illegal about being 18+ in a casino and winning money...KEEP HATING!"
(photo creds to @johnnymanziel2)
His recent tweet has garnered a lot of criticism.
"(Expletive), like tonight is a reason why I can't wait to leave college station... whenever it may be."
He later tweeted,
"Don't forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes."
I am sure many people wish they could walk a day in your shoes.
Then last Sunday, Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy for missing events and showing up late to duties as counselor at the camp. Manziel says he slept too late, and thus departed. Many people think Johnny was tired because of a night out partying.
Some people say of Johnny things like, "He is called to a higher standard." I disagree.
Beyond the late June 2012 fight and fake ID incident, Johnny has not broken the law. Now granted Manziel has lived it up, but he is a Heisman winner and 20 years old. His personal life is his business. So get off his back, he hasn't commited a crime!
Manziel does need to watch what he puts on social media, but let the young man live his own life. Come to me and tell me I am wrong when he commits a crime. But let's use the adage, "Live and let live."
Manziel can certainly prove his critics wrong by having a season as good if not better as last season. And who knows? Maybe he will gather more hardware along the way.
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