There are only a few great football movies out there. Friday Night Lights, North Dallas Forty and The Longest Yard come to mind. Most recently, the movie Draft Day starring Kevin Costner tried to tell the story of a frantic NFL front office during the biggest day of their year. Now imagine the drama and suspense that could surround the Dallas Cowboys drafting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel this Wednesday night? Now that’s Hollywood Gold!
If you’re having a hard time imagining it, the Around The League crew over at NFL.com laid out the pivotal scene perfectly for it’s readers on Friday. Enjoy:
Think about it: Manziel slips to 16. The Dallas Cowboys are on the clock. Stephen Jones is ready to call the pick in: Calvin Pryor, safety, Louisville. A wise, safe selection. This is a decision rooted in logic. This makes sense.But here comes Jerry Jones, moving like a man decades his junior, making a beeline straight for his progeny. Jerry knocks the phone out of Stephen’s hand. The Cowboys’ war room falls completely silent, all eyes on the owner, mouths agape.
From the back of the room, a terrified assistant rises to his feet and just barely gets the message out of his mouth: “Th-thirty seconds, sir.” The tension is unbearable now. The owner stares into the deep distance — it’s like he’s looking into the very future of the NFL itself. Fifteen seconds. Ten seconds. A smile starts to creep across his lips. There’s a glint in his eye now.
Jerry bends down, picks the phone off the ground and wipes down the receiver with his handkerchief. He presses the phone to his ear and clears his throat.
“Johnny. F****** Football.”
Smash cut to dark. Scene.
For some fans, this scenario is more of a nightmare than a Hollywood ending. It seems that half the experts believe Johnny F’ing Football, as actor Jerry Jones so eloquently put it, will be a bust in the NFL. While the other half believe he’ll be a Hall of Famer. Critics point to his dangerous playing style, sloppy mechanics, slight frame and off-the-field issues. While others praise his instincts, arm strength, massive hands and leadership. Manziel may be the most polarizing player to have entered the NFL. And that fact bodes well for a future Hollywood movie. Especially if he lands in Dallas.