Few teams in sports generate as much buzz as our beloved Dallas Cowboys. So when they had the opportunity to draft a player who creates as much hype as anyone right now, many believed owner/general manager Jerry Jones could not resist the ‘forbidden apple’ dangling in front of him. The allotted ten minutes the Cowboys had to make their first round draft choice was an electric, anxious filled, and exhilarating ten minutes for everyone waiting to hear their pick.
They ultimately passed on quarterback Johhny Manziel. Although I never wanted them to draft Manziel, I remember the feeling of shock and excitement that he was still on the board when the Cowboys turn came up. Wisely, the team opted to draft offensive lineman Zach Martin.
In the months since the draft Johnny Football has time and time again affirmed the Cowboys made the right decision. When Manziel decided to go to Las Vegas on Memorial weekend, the media jumped all over him. At the time I thought this was a blown out of proportion media story. I will never begrudge any athlete that goes out and enjoys themselves in their downtime. I am sure a large percentage of NFL players were in Vegas that weekend.
The difference with Manziel is he flaunts his status. He has a smug, cocky way about him. I realize most quarterbacks have a similar cockiness to them. However, the way Johnny Heisman presents it is much different. For all the criticism you can throw at quarterback Tony Romo, I can safely say I don’t think he would ever hold a brick of cash to his ear like it’s a phone and say he can’t hear you because he has too much money in his hand.
Many former NFL players chimed in on the subject and recommended Manziel to tone it down. Even his boss and owner of the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Haslam, has already come out and commented on him being careful. Manziel, in typical Johnny Vegas fashion, said he won’t change for anyone and will continue to live his life his way.
He confirmed that sentiment only last weekend. Again, Las Vegas was the venue for a holiday weekend. This time a photo surfaced of Manziel rolling up a paper bill. Although it cannot be assumed he was doing anything illegally, rolling up dollar bills undoubtedly can be viewed as suspicious. Considering the microscope he is under, you would hope your future franchise quarterback would show better judgement.
Could you imagine the circus that would have been if this was happening while Manziel was a member of the Cowboys? Johnny Football, Johnny Heisman, Johnny Vegas. How about we add one more nickname. Johnny Clown!