Texas A&M celebrity (and quarterback) Johnny Manziel popped up on ESPN’s “First Take” with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith earlier this week and the topic of another Heisman-winning quarterback from the SEC was broached. Bayless asked Manziel point blank, “How much better of a passer are you than Tim Tebow?”
“You put me on the spot. I would hope I’m a better passer than Tim Tebow, that way I wouldn’t have to go into an offseason and work on a lot of mechanics because as a redshirt freshman I tried to work on that before I got to a position where I would be questioned about that…
He’s a great dude, a great person and he deserves this chance he is getting in the NFL (with the New England Patriots). As far as being a starting quarterback in the NFL, I don’t know if it really suits him.”
A better answer? “Tim Tebow has a tremendous legacy in the SEC and a winning record in the NFL. I hope to someday join him in the NFL, but for now I’m focused on the 2013 season.”
Problem is, Manziel never seems to be focused on the 2013 season. When he’s not throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game he’s hanging out at the NBA finals. When he’s not at the NBA finals he’s kicking it with Skip and Stephen A. Or meeting other celebs. Or having fun at the beach.
Now, none of that might make a lick of difference come fall. With his mobility, Manziel is an electrifying player to watch. And there’s no reason a college kid shouldn’t be able to enjoy himself.
But if A&M’s pop star does struggle a bit more in 2013 than he did in 2012, a lot of people will point to the fact that since January we’ve all seen more of “Johnny Football!” than we have of Johnny Manziel.
Ironically, while there’s always a media frenzy around Tebow, the ex-Florida quarterback has done less of the celeb thing since 2006 than Manziel has done in the past six months.