If Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel Doesn't Grow Up, He'll Become Sports' Latest Tragedy

By Josh McKinney

It isn’t too late for Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel to turn things around, but it’s getting close, at least as far as his college football career is concerned.

By now, everybody and their grandmother knows about the 2012 Heisman winner’s off-field troubles, with new ones popping up seemingly every day, including more on Monday.

And despite the fact that Manziel is one of the most talented quarterbacks to come along in several years — he’s up there with the likes of Cam NewtonRobert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, who are all starring in the NFL now — he won’t be able to sustain such a high level of play on the field if he continues to cause problems away from it.

I became a huge fan of Johnny Football during his incredible freshman season last year, highlighted by a late-season upset of the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and a drubbing of the 11th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.

But that was before most of us learned of the many skeletons in his closet and were introduced to his tweets, many of which have been shortsighted and not well thought out at all.

Most athletes, including the aforementioned trio, know how to conduct themselves in public and on social media, but the 20-year-old Manziel, who was the first freshman to win the Heisman, has shown his youth time and time again.

It’s obvious to anyone who’s even remotely paying attention that the enormous fame Manziel has enjoyed at such a young age has gone to his head, and if he doesn’t return back to earth soon, he will derail his professional football career before it even gets started.

I don’t wish that on the star QB, but if I was to give him some advice, it would only take three words: Johnny be good.

Josh McKinney is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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