Johnny Manziel is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and one of the most-talked about players in college football. However, a good portion of the attention the redshirt-sophomore of Texas A&M has received is based on his actions off the field and through social media.
Manziel has been outspoken on Twitter to a fault and has had a history retracting tweets that some find offensive and immature. His most recent altercation may have been the worst case for Aggie fans as he claimed he “couldn’t wait to leave College Station.”
People must realize that Manziel is a 20-year-old college student and will act as such. However, he himself must realize that “Johnny Football” is held to a higher standard than the average “Joe College” student.
As Peter Parker’s uncle Ben once said, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Being the only redshirt-freshman Heisman Trophy winner and quite possibly the best player in A&M history will garner media attention for his every move.
Manziel is not immune to ESPN, TMZ and other media outlets reporting on his actions that would otherwise likely go unnoticed if he were an average 20-year-old college student. It may not be a fair standard to hold a young man to, but Manziel must at least act more maturely in the public eye to improve his perception by fans, coaches and scouts if he truly does want to make the leap at the next level.
He may want to reconsider his self-Twitter banning and just delete the account all together.
Either way, Manziel will likely silence all the criticism when he steps on the field for the Aggies next season and proves that last year was no fluke.