15 Reasons We Should All Be Rooting For Johnny Manziel To Stay Eligible
Love him or hate him, college football needs Johnny Football. Here's hoping that the NCAA's investigation to money-for-autographs allegations doesn't turn anything up.
1. We're talking about the most exciting college football player since Michael Vick.
2. He's sooooooo easy to hate.
He's oil rich, sits courtside, flies on private jets, plays golf at Pebble Beach, drives a Mercedes, rocks a gold Rolex, dumped a model and hangs out with Rick Ross, Drake, LeBron and Megan Fox. Your life sucks compared to his. Even if you don't like this guy, football is more fun when you have someone to root AGAINST.
3. He's sooooooo much fun to watch.
4. Seriously, he makes plays that only happen in video games.
5. He's the most accomplished sophomore college football player ever.
6. Yet he's still somehow an underdog.
7. He's the anti-Tim Tebow...
The last time a college football player received this kind of media attention it wore thin pretty quickly. Tim Tebow was everyone's All-American — an inspiring leader, a hard-nosed football player and someone your mom would call "a very nice boy." But he didn't actually do anything extraordinary except thank God an extraordinary amount of times. He ran like a fullback and his throwing motion was and is gooberish. Manziel is the exact opposite.
8. Both on the field...
9. And off it.
Speaking of reckless, this is what Johnny Football is known for — to quote fellow Texas legend David Wooderson — L-I-V-I-N. I mean holy shit does this kid like to party. Tim Tebow didn't drink or have sex. By all accounts Johnny Football enjoys both of those vices — like most normal college students.
10. Johnny Manziel is normal.
Take away the Heisman. Take away the fame. Take away the money. What does Manziel like to do? Party with his friends. He likes to get drunk like you. He went to Mardi Gras because that seemed like fun. He went to Cabo for Spring Break because bikinis and drinking legally.
11. But much of his life off the field is already a huge drag.
12. He's loyal — to a fault.
Not many Heisman trophy winners prefaced their season with a shirtless mugshot. During the summer of 2012, Manziel was arrested for having a fake I.D. — he was trying to separate a fight between an Aggie teammate and a 47-year-old man when the cops came. He was playing peacemaker. Manziel's need to please has been a constant source of problems, especially in the case of his friend/manager/designated driver Nate Fitch. Uncle Nate takes care of Johnny Football's day-to-day life, which includes these alleged autograph signing sessions that ESPN's Outside the Lines has been reporting on — the allegations that may end in the loss of his eligibility. Despite his well-publicized issues with College Station he remains set on leading the Aggies to a championship and flashes the Gig 'em hand gesture in almost every picture.
13. For all his exposure he's still a complete wildcard as a player.
We have no idea how he'll respond if he's allowed to play this season. His unpredictable style could result in a career-altering injury. His SEC rivals could figure out a way to slow and maybe even stop him. He could buckle under the pressure and throw 25 interceptions. But what if he gets better?