Summer of Johnny: Manziel Sent Home from Manning Camp for
Every year around this time, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning oversees the Manning Passing Academy.
For those not familiar with the Academy, it is a four-day annual camp conducted in Thibodeaux, LA on the campus of Nicholls State University where the Manning patriarch, along with his Super Bowl MVP sons, Peyton and Eli, as well as dozens of college coaches from around the country pass their knowledge onto a bunch of campers who play a football skill position at the high school level.
In addition to the Manning family and the coaches on the staff, a handful of college quarterbacks from around the country serve as counselors to the campers. It's generally considered an honor to be asked to fill a counselor role, as the Manning family is considered football (and passing) royalty.
Well, in a career (and an offseason) that continues to be about dramatic "firsts," Johnny Manziel may have managed to do it again! He may have been the first counselor ever sent home from the Manning Passing Academy for being hungover!
Let me stress the words "may have," because the Mannings have issued statements on the Academy's stance regarding Manziel's apparently mutually agreed-to early departure on Saturday, and they center around Johnny contracting some sort of unspecified illness.
First, the general statement from the nebulous "Academy" entity:
"Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach. After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone's best interest for him to go home a day early."
Then Peyton Manning specifically made these comments to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
"I can remember a 20-year-old Eli [Manning] missing a meeting and catching some flak. We always have counselors who leave early. Johnny was great with the campers for the time he was here. He had to leave early. I wish him the best and I want him to come back as a counselor next year."
I do think it's interesting that Peyton's statement makes no mention of an illness at all, but specifically mentions "missing a meeting" (It references Eli's missing a meeting at Johnny's age, which obviously implies Johnny missed a meeting.) I also think it's interesting Peyton wants him back as a counselor next year. My guess is Johnny will be busy next year
spending his NFL signing bonus on a round of 1000 body shots in Cabo studying up for an NFL team's training camp.