John, you are really knowledgeable in this area so I thought I would ask you the question: is there any chance this created a problem for the Ags in terms of a NCAA violation? As you know, the rules prevent the use of a player's name or likeness for private business use. No doubt the artist, Granger Smith, is selling that song on albums, itunes, etc.
Both are quarterbacks. Both are Texas natives who’ve won the Heisman Trophy playing for a Texas team. While both have had success on the football field, it’s off the field where former Houston quarterback Andre Ware and current Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel may not exactly see eye-to-eye.
For the second time in the past few months, Ware has delivered an on-air message to Manziel – “tone it down.”
His latest plea came on Friday after ESPN’s College Football Live debuted a new Granger Smith video featuring Manziel, his girlfriend Sarah Savage and former Aggies wide receiver Ryan Swope.
According to Brent Zwerneman, here’s what Ware had to say following the video.
“If I’m his teammate, and it’s almost human nature, that somebody, someone on the team is starting to resent seeing Johnny Manziel like this. ‘I know I’m working, is he working? Can he be working as hard as I am each and every day to prepare for the season, so we can put ourselves in a position to win the national championship? Are you doing it at baseball games when you’re throwing out the first pitch, and how much work did you put in when you were working on this video?’ I’m not sure that he’s done a well enough job in the offseason to really calm things down.
“As a quarterback of a football team, you’re already elevated, and as the face of the program the microscope is on you, and you’re going to get the publicity. You almost have to fit in. You almost have to calm that stuff down to let the guys know you’re one of them, you’re still with the team, so they can play hard for you week in and week out. I’m not sure he’s done a good enough job of that in the offseason. … Everything seems to come with some publicity. Tone it down. …”
If the “tone it down” line looks familiar, it’s because it is. Back in April, Ware delivered much the same message. ”Tone it down. You’re not the same guy you were before you won the Heisman Trophy.”
You can see Manziel and girlfriend Sarah Savage tossing a football, holding hands and kissing (once) in the video. Pretty mild stuff. The song called “Silverado Bench Seat” features more shots of the Chevy Truck than it does of the Heisman Trophy winner. In fact, the video closes with a shot of the Chevy Logo. Is this a music video or just an ad for Chevy? You can check it for yourself below.