Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton said yesterday that he’s spoken with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel several times this offseason. The current Carolina Panther said the Heisman-winner to Heisman-winner chats focused on what it’s like to live life in the spotlight:
“For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things. You think everybody loves you for who you are…
(He) has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future. When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad.”
While Newton became the central figure in an NCAA investigation late in his final season at Auburn, Manziel has been dealing with an increased spotlight — partially brought on by his own actions — the entire offseason. With allegations that he or someone representing him took money for the quarterback’s autograph, the media attention figures to only increase for the Texas A&M star once the season starts.
It makes sense for Newton and Manziel to communicate. But Manziel’s situation — the media attention, an NCAA issue at the start of the season, the celeb-like following A&M’s QB has fostered — actually appears to be worse than what Newton endured.