Summer of Johnny II: Hall of Famers Not Fans of Johnny Football
Lots of travel, lots of booze, lots of really good-looking women and plenty of Instagram moments, some fairly innocuous and some mildly controversial.
But there are major differences in how Manziel's off-the-field agenda is being examined now that he is pulling an NFL paycheck.
When he was at A&M in 2013 and winding up in pictures of a sea of bikini-clad coeds, Manziel generally ran unchecked. Aside from people who secretly wished his lifestyle was their lifestyle and some talking-head curmudgeons like Mark May, it was generally viewed as "Johnny Football being Johnny Football."
Surely, nobody at A&M (coaches, alums, teammates) was going to say anything, lest they piss off the golden goose.
Now, in 2014, the worm has turned.
Playing with grown men and against grown men, in a league that was built by grown men, Manziel's act isn't nearly as "lovable," and with little margin for error on a team that has started a couple dozen quarterbacks since 1999, there have to be teammates quietly concerned that their futures are directly attached to Manziel.
For now, Browns teammates have only talked about the hullabaloo surrounding Manziel observationally, and (seemingly) not out of jealousy or envy, like running back Ben Tate, who said the following shortly after Manziel was drafted:
"It's just as a player I know that I would get tired if people were constantly monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right," Tate said. "I mean, it's annoying. He's a human being. He's a great football player so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention. At the same time I just figure at this stage he's tired of it and he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position."
Undeniably, Manziel's "Johnny Football" persona is back in full force, and it's now being besieged on a heretofore unforeseen front -- Hall of Fame caliber former players who played long enough to have seen this movie before, the movie about the rookie teammate who runs too hot out of the gates and flames out spectacularly.