Johnny Manziel, quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies, demands a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Last season, Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He also led the Aggies into the mighty Southeastern Conference, and helped them record a stunning upset of the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
Manziel is also known for his off-field antics, which allegedly included signing hundreds of autographs for collectors in the offseason, excessive partying, and more.
In Saturday’s rematch against Alabama, Manziel had an even better game than he had last year. He was 28-of-39 through the air for 464 yards, with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 14 times for 98 yards in the game.
However, it was Manziel’s opposite number, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, who once again got the last laugh. Last season, despite losing to Manziel and the Aggies, McCarron was able to lead the Tide to the national championship.
In Saturday’s game, despite falling behind 14-0, McCarron and the Tide never lost their composure (with the exception of a T.J. Yeldon slashing gesture). McCarron was outstanding in the game, hitting on 20-of-29 passing for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, he did not throw an interception.
McCarron and his head coach Nick Saban are all about the team. They have won back-to-back national championships, and after Saturday’s win, the path to a three-peat got a little bit easier. McCarron, unlike Manziel, is not about individual numbers and fame. He just wants to win, which he has done quite often during his Alabama career.
On this particular Saturday, Manziel had the numbers, but McCarron got the last laugh.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.