Dear Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel,
What happened, my friend? Ever since you became the first freshman in college football history to win the hallowed Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player, your public opinion, something will matter very much to you in the very near future, has dropped considerably.
Since the college football season ended this past January, it’s been one scandal and controversy after the other. Whether it’s a poorly-worded tweet, leaving early from your position as camp counselor and most recently pleading guilty to 2012 misdemeanor charges, trouble seems to find you everywhere you turn.
At one point, you were on top of the college football world and were viewed as though you could do no wrong. Now, it seems to be difficult for you to do anything right.
It may be easy for you to lash out at the media and your peers, but don’t. Keep your cool and level head just like you do when push comes to shove on the football field. But, don’t do it to prove something to the media. Do it as a sign of love for you adoring fans across the country.
Somewhere in the state of Texas, there is a kid that has been wearing the same Texas A&M no. 2 jersey since you first exploded onto the college football scene and became their favorite player. They look up to you and consider you to be a role model. I understand you want to live the average and exciting college kid life, but is it possible to set a good example for your youngest and possibly biggest, fan?
If there’s one thing that the football world needs at both the college and professional level, it’s a good role model. What better than one of the brightest and fastest rising stars in football? After all of the arrests, rumors and negative headlines that have surrounded the football world in the past couple of months, hearing a heartwarming story about a player who is biding his time and doing everything right would be refreshing.
You can still be electric and exciting on the field, but being calm, cool and relaxed off the field would greatly increase the love the fans already have for you. Be a role model, set a good example and you’ll see your fan base grow exponentially. Who knows, having a positive image may just improve your draft stock as well.
We’re not asking for much, Johnny Football. The football world needs a role model for fans to turn to. Why not have it be you?
A Football Fan