Yesterday, reports surfaced that New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow recently reached out to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. While the two haven’t conversed directly yet, Tebow called and left a message according to Manziel.
Johnny Football would be wise to return Tebow’s phone call.
As many of you may know, Manziel hasn’t exactly had the smoothest of offseasons. He’s been under the microscope for a number of different things including a questionable tweet, leaving Peyton Manning‘s football camp that he was a counselor at early and his recent guilty plea to 2012 misdemeanor charges.
As a result, Manziel has gone from fantastic freshman and role model to a guy that some may believe is becoming just another disgruntled college student. No matter where he goes, controversy seems to follow and he just can’t avoid those questions when he’s dealing with the media.
If there is one person in the football world that can give him some advice on how to handle the media in tough times, it’s Tim Tebow. Everywhere Tebow goes, a media circus follows. Ever since he exploded onto the football scene as a Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Florida, Tebow has been in the spotlight and is on ESPN’s SportsCenter just about every day.
However, never have we seen Tebow get mixed up in off-field controversies, and we have never seen him lash out at a member of the media for a silly question. He stands confidently in front of the cameras and, whether you love him or hate him, you got to admit the guy knows how to keep his composure.
Manziel doesn’t have to adapt the Tebow lifestyle completely, but I’m sure there are a few pieces of advice that would help him stay on the right track when it comes to staying out of the negative spotlight of the media.
Much like Manziel, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy early in his college football career and immediately went under the microscope. While Manziel and Tebow may be two very different people in terms of their personalities, they have both gone through similar situations due to their on-field successes.
Manziel would be very wise to return Tebow’s phone call and get a little advice on how to handle becoming college football’s biggest and youngest rock star.