Tom Brady hints Johnny Manziel should be careful with showboating

Johnny Manziel autographNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel have very little in common. One is a Heisman Trophy winner and the other was relatively unknown in college. One makes things happen with his legs, while the other is one of the greatest pocket passers of all-time. And then, there’s the whole concept of being humble.

Brady has had his moments of pointing at opposing sidelines and getting into a defender’s face, but for the most part he is well-liked and respected around the NFL. Manziel plays with more flash, to put it lightly. During an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Wednesday, Brady was basically asked if Manziel needs to tone down the extracurriculars.

“I get pretty emotional,” he said, via NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread. “I have a lot of respect for the teammates, for my teammates, for my organization, and certainly for other guys in the NFL. There’s not a guy playing in the NFL who hasn’t earned the right to be here, and who isn’t supremely talented. He’s probably been the best athlete in his high school class, in his elementary school class.

“So when you look across the ball you have respect for those guys, and you treat them with respect because football’s a physical game. And as RKK (Patriots owner Robert Kraft) would say, if you’re a turd, it’s going to come back to you.”

Brady was speaking in general terms. He wasn’t necessarily calling Manziel a “turd,” but the response came after a question about Manziel.

Earlier this week, Brian Urlacher was open with his criticism of Manziel’s antics against Rice. Johnny Football is only 20 years old, so he has plenty of time to learn. That being said, he won’t earn much respect at the NFL level if he keeps signing air autographs. Brady’s comment is a definite reminder of that.

Johnny Manziel signs autograph before touchdown pass in fantastic GIF

I am absolutely mesmerized by this GIF. Apparently it first appeared on Jay Leno Tuesday, so kudos to them for this fantastic viral creation.

Johnny Manziel: all he does is sign autographs for money and throw touchdowns.

Below is video of Leno’s bit:

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Barry Switzer wanted to jerk Johnny Manziel’s facemask

Hey Barry Switzer, get in line.

Johnny ManzielThe legendary Oklahoma Sooners coach became the latest in a long line of football royalty to blast Johnny Manziel for his behavior on the field.

During a radio interview with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Switzer said that he couldn’t believe the Heisman Trophy winner’s behavior during the Rice game last weekend. He specifically didn’t like the way Manziel dismissed Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin on the sidelines, and says he would have grabbed the quarterback by the facemask if that were his player.

“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions. For him to react the way in front of Coach Sumlin the way he did, for him to act so arrogant and so above that approach …€“ I wanted to jerk his facemask. I wanted to grab him up,” Switzer admitted.

“Of course you get fired for doing that (now), but in the old days you could get away with it. I could get away with it 30 or 40 years ago. And that’s exactly what Woody Hayes would have done or (Bear) Bryant.”

Switzer then went on to lament “kids these days.”

“It’s just the world we live in. Kids just come sometimes with a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”

There seems to be a lot of irony with Switzer’s comments. One of Switzer’s most notable players at Oklahoma was Brian Bosworth, who was one of the wildest, strongest personalities college football has ever seen. Switzer also coached the mid-90s Dallas Cowboys, who were full of some of the biggest trash talkers and party animals.

These comments tell us one of two things: Switzer has become one of those grumpy curmudgeons in his old age, or Manziel really is that disrespectful of a character. Maybe it’s a little of both.

For what it’s worth, Sumlin said Manziel wasn’t ignoring him on Saturday.

Helmet smack to College Football Talk

Kevin Sumlin: Johnny Manziel was not ignoring me

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel gave the media plenty to talk about when he returned to the field after serving his one-half suspension on Saturday. For starters, he played well and provided a major spark for the Aggies. And of course, there were plenty of extracurriculars.

After one of his touchdown passes, Manziel got into it with a Rice defensive player and was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he pointed to the scoreboard. When he returned to the sideline, it looked like Manziel was ignoring a lecture from Kevin Sumlin. The head coach says that was not the case at all.

“When he came off the field, basically I made two statements to him, neither one of which should he have responded to,” Sumlin said, via ESPN.com. “They weren’t questions. They were direct statements that I can’t repeat right now. So what’s amazing to me is the perception that he ignored me. The worst thing that could have happened was for him to reply, based on what I told him.”

The penalty was not the only time Manziel exchanged smack talk with a Rice player. There was also the autograph gesture he made after a play earlier in the game. Sumlin downplayed that as well.

“A lot of things are being made out of some things that went on last year,” Sumlin said. “I had someone come to me and ask me about the money signal. It’s the same thing he did all of last year and a couple other players in the country doing that. But when he does it, there’s an issue. ‘Let’s tie it to something else.’

“Has he kind of painted himself in a box with that, with some other issues? Probably. But at a certain point, his actions on the field are going to have to show where he is.”

The problem with Manziel is he won’t simply let his play do the talking. He chooses to do stuff like flash his cash at the casino for pictures that wind up on social media sites, so the spotlight remains bright both on and off the field. As a result, Sumlin will probably be facing these same questions all season long.

Brian Urlacher: Johnny Manziel ‘acted like a punk’ in first game

Johnny Manziel autographFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is on board with the growing list of people who feel that Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel needs to learn to keep a lower profile. On Saturday, Manziel provided the Aggies with a major spark against Rice after serving his one-half suspension. He came in and immediately electrified the offense, but Urlacher didn’t like the extra stuff that came along with it.

“I’m not saying he’s a punk, but he acted like a punk in that game,” the FOX Football Daily analyst said Monday. “Like his coach said, guys are going to come after him all season long.

“He’s the reigning Heisman winner. He’s making plays out there and running around and running his mouth obviously, but he’s going to have to learn to deal with that.”

Urlacher was referring to the fact that Manziel looked like he had absolutely no remorse over the “punishment” the NCAA handed him in the wake of the ongoing autograph scandal. He gestured like he was signing an autograph at a Rice player after throwing a touchdown. Couple that with an offseason that involved getting thrown out of frat parties and you can see why people like Urlacher would be critical of Johnny Football.

“He’s such a good football player,” Urlacher said. “You saw in the second half what he did, three touchdown passes and ran it pretty well. It’s just too bad he had to act like that. I’m pulling for the guy, I want him to do well.”

Joe Flacco also said he is rooting for Manziel, so Urlacher is not the only former or current NFL star who is a fan of the 20-year-old’s game. The thing a lot of people forget is that Manziel is successful in part because of his attitude and controversial personality. In many ways, he probably wouldn’t be the same player without it.

Joe Flacco: Johnny Manziel is becoming my favorite player in college football

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, but he faces more criticism than praise. The Texas A&M star doesn’t exactly work diligently to keep a low profile, so he opens himself up most of it. However, Manziel can sleep well tonight knowing that he has a big fan in Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Flacco told USA Today Sports over the weekend that Manziel is one of his favorite players.

“Being hated is not a bad thing. … I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after (saying) this: I (didn’t) know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel,” Flacco said. “But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”

Flacco was then asked if he intends to break out a celebration on Thursday that is similar to the money symbol Manziel made during a win over Rice. You know what his answer to that was.

“No, I’m not going do anything,” Flacco said. “It will all be up here (taps his temple).  And I’ll keep it all up here. … I’m not going to show anything outwardly.”

Manziel and Flacco are nothing like one another, which makes Flacco’s admiration for the Heisman Trophy winner intriguing. Flacco has been described as boring by his own father, whereas Manziel’s dad has expressed concern that Johnny could have an ugly unraveling. Opposites attract, I suppose.

In reality, Flacco probably feels that same way about Manziel that Aaron Rodgers said he feels. As a Super Bowl MVP, Flacco understands the type of scrutiny that comes along with being a quarterback in the spotlight. Manziel doesn’t handle the situation as well as he could, but Flacco obviously isn’t fazed by it.

Johnny Manziel has new Drake OVO wrist tattoo

Johnny Manziel Drake OVO wrist tattoo

Looks like Johnny Manziel is even closer to rapper Drake than some of us realized.

We knew that Manziel was a big Drake fan, but he made his allegiance to the Canadian rapper permanent by getting “OVO” tattooed on his inner wright wrist this offseason. OVO stands for “October’s Very Own,” which is Drake’s birthday month and the name of his recording label.

The new wrist tattoo was visible on Saturday during Texas A&M’s 52-31 season-opening win against Rice.

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Manziel has been wearing Drake’s OVO gear for several months and called meeting the rapper the highlight of his offseason. When he returned to Twitter in April after a brief self-imposed ban, he did so by quoting Drake lyrics. He also says he learned the most from Drake and felt he related most closely to the rapper during his tumultuous offseason.

The relationship goes two ways; Drake gave Manziel props for the way he handled SEC Media Day in August.

Below are a few more looks at the Johnny Manziel wrist tattoo:

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