Texas A&M Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel is in the process of finalizing an insurance policy in case he were to suffer a devastating injury that would derail his hopes of playing in the NFL, perhaps as early as next season.
Speaking with the media after the Aggies finished up their second spring practice, Manziel told ESPN.com’s Sam Khan:
“It’s just a precaution. I think there’s a lot of players who have done it in the past and you never know what could happen. Football is a dangerous sport, so you kind of have to make sure that you take a precaution in that regard.”
Taking out insurance policies is not uncommon for college athletes, especially ones that figure to be future stars and high draft picks in the NFL, but because he’s the reigning Heisman winner and the spotlight has never dimmed on the 20-year old, the news that he is securing an insurance policy is newsworthy.
With another year of tutelage under head coach Kevin Sumlin and recently-hired quarterback coach Jake Spavital, one of the game’s best quarterback mentors, Manziel will gain invaluable experience and develop his football acumen.
He will undoubtedly be under the microscope, and every decision will be scrutinized. While a he’s a little small for the classic quarterback model at 6-1 and 200-pounds, Manziel could be a top-five pick next year.
While Manziel also told Khan, “If the NFL, you have an opportunity to go, then you look at it. Like I said, I love this place, I love coach Sumlin and all my teammates here. I’m very happy with being in Aggieland for five, six, however many years I’m here. I’m not in any rush to make a decision like that.”
Manziel threw for 3706 yards, 36 touchdowns while completing 68 percent of his passes and ran for an additional 1410 yards and 21 touchdowns.
He had his coming out party when he lead the Aggies to an upset win over No. 1 Alabama, and finished his season with a win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma when he rushed for 221 yards and accounted for 516 yards and four touchdowns.
It appears that the 2013 season for Manziel will be one big long going-away party for one of the game’s biggest stars.