By Jeff Burton
Johnny Manziel=Ryan Leaf?
I'm just asking. It's partly our fault. When I say OUR, what I mean is US. We as consumers put these people on a platform waaay too soon. What happened to giving praise AFTER you did something good?
Yes, Johnny Football had a special season in college football last year. Yes, he was a team leader at age 20. Yes, he has special college football player talent. My question is: so what? He is getting a free education in exchange for this special talent. Why isn't that enough for the football crazy viewing audience? Why can't you people just wait and see what he does in the next season of college football?
I have not heard too many people saying he is going to take the big leap to the NFL and do the same special things he is doing in college football. Is it possible he can have a long successful starting QB job in the NFL? Of course it is. But the amount of coverage ESPN and the like are giving is a bit silly. Of course, ESPN has shown it's true colors recently by going all TMZ on him. But that’s the way this works. You are put on a mountain in hopes of falling down off the other side.
And Johnny Football is playing right into everyone’s hand.
Watch this kid walk from point A to point B at media day. He is surrounded by security, college officials and I’m sure a few hangers on. Wouldn’t that go to your head too? He is loving all the attention. He is feeding into the very machine that will cover him as much if not more IF he falls off this crest he is on.
Memo to Johnny: act like you been there before.
Memo to Johnny Football’s family: If you can’t be his NO guy then find someone who can be.
There's a good chance Johnny QB may flop at the next level or even at the next season of college ball so he should not burn bridges. Bridges that can keep him in the game as a coach or scout or whatever. Just don’t be a d-bag and the relationships you are forming now may help you stay in the game in another capacity.
There are a lot of former college players that had special talent and or a special season that would like to speak with you about your insurance needs.
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