December 12th, 2013 01:15 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Texas A&M
Tags: Manziel Mania, National Football League, NFL, SEC
What Johnny Manziel said yesterday shouldn’t surprise anyone. The redshirt sophomore Texas A&M quarterback is eligible for early entry into the NFL draft next spring. He’s already won a Heisman Trophy. He’s won a lot of games. He improved as a passer this past season, just as he’d promised. And he managed to quiet the Manziel Mania that had become an offseason media obsession (that alone should aid his draft grade on a number of teams’ boards).
So why stick around the college game and risk injury for free when you can go pro and get injured for cold cash money? (If you think the SEC’s list of injured quarterbacks is long, go dig up the NFL’s injury list.)
Asked about the pro game and his feeling of readiness yesterday, Manziel had this to say:
“You take everything into account. More than anything, are you ready for the next level? You don’t want to go be unprepared for the National Football League or leave two years on the table. In the grand scheme, it all comes down to making the best decision for you…
I’m playing, for the most part, (at) a really high level of football. Putting the ball where I want, throwing it with a lot of velocity, so in my mind I think I am.”
As for keeping himself out of the headlines (for the wrong reasons), Manziel said: “I was tired of being scrutinized so much. The only way is not to do anything, not get on Twitter… keep a low profile… I didn’t want it to be all about me.”
C’mon, Johnny. You can admit it. You read our preseason advice and followed it, didn’t ya?
Texas A&M will definitely miss Manziel next season, as will the SEC. Players with his skills don’t come around often. But it’s hard to blame someone for jumping to the pro ranks early. No, his family doesn’t need the money, but if you’re putting your body on the line, why not get paid to do so? And someone will pay Manziel some pretty good coin to ply his trade for them at the next level.
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