Johnny Manziel Redefines The NFL Pro Day
Aside from a wrinkle here and a wrinkle there, NFL Pro Days for quarterbacks are by and large the same thing -- a bunch of scripted plays thrown to familiar receivers against cones and air, with the quarterback wearing gym shorts and t-shirts.
Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher This guy didn't disappoint, camo shorts and all.
Ultimately, even on a subpar Pro Day, quarterbacks wind up completing like 85 to 90 percent of their passes against nobody, Ron Jaworski and Mike Mayock find a few things to nitpick, grades get handed out, and we all go on our merry way.
That was the formula.
Then, like so many things in the last 18 months, Johnny Manziel changed the formula.
With music from his good friend Drake blaring from the speakers, donning camo shorts and a black #2 jersey (both available at nike.com), and sporting shoulder pads and a football helmet, Johnny Manziel unleashed a Pro Day symphony co-composed by him and his personal quarterback coach, George Whitfield, for among others, former president George Bush (41) and former first lady Barbara Bush, as was Governor Rick Perry.
Honestly, the only thing missing was a Titantron, a ramp, and WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel introducing Manziel to the 75 representatives there from 30 of the 32 NFL teams. (Chicago and Cleveland abstaining. Yes, Cleveland. Nice smokescreen.)
But it all would have been one big punchline if Johnny Manziel had come out flat, if he had disappointed.
Alas, Johnny Manziel did not disappoint.