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Marshall Henderson and Johnny Manziel are now Twitter pals

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Marshall Henderson and Johnny Manziel have bonded over Twitter in the past few days and are in the process of forming one of the most perfect friendships in all of collegiate athletics.

It all started with a tweet from Johnny Football to the Ole Miss guard on Saturday that resulted in a response from Henderson a day later:

Chilifest 2013, baby. It is going down. The meetup of the century. Henderson and Manziel tearing up the chili festival in Snook, Texas. Slamming cornbread and chili bowls while listening to country music.

Seriously though, these two seem like perfect friends. Manziel doesn’t have the villain persona that Henderson does, but he has become the partying badboy who refuses to make his life private. Henderson also appears to be a party animal, and he has been leading Ole Miss to upset wins. Both were top newcomers in the SEC and led their respective underdog teams to surprising success. Manziel is much better in his sport than Henderson is, but the two seem to have a lot in common.

Tyrann Mathieu believes he was the best player at the NFL combine (Video)

Tyrann-MathieuConsidering he has not played in an actual football game since 2011, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu put together a pretty impressive showing at the NFL Combine last month. He ran a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and reportedly held his own in drills, so his actual performance probably didn’t do much to affect his stock.

As we know, Mathieu’s NFL prospects hinge more on whether or not teams are willing to take a risk on him given his history of off-field issues. According to the artist formerly known as the Honey Badger, any team that drafts him would be selecting the best player from the Combine.

“I feel like I was the best one there, by far,” Mathieu confidently told TMZ on Tuesday. “I put a lot of hard work into it. I just tried to go out there confident in my game.”

Between these comments and the ones he made about shutting down Calvin Johnson, it seems like Mathieu feels like he can talk his way into the NFL. He was also asked which NFL team he would most enjoy playing for.

“It’d have to be the 49ers, just as a fan” he said. “They’ve got a pretty good organization. They’ve got a pretty good dynasty that they’re trying to pursue. It’d be great to be a part of the 49ers club.”

No team is going to wager their future on Mathieu, so a team that is already in good shape defensively like the Niners could be one of the ones to show interest in him. However, I’m sure he’d be happy to play for any team in the NFL. With how quickly Mathieu’s stock has fallen, just hearing his name called in April would be a success.

Does Johnny Manziel have a Texas Longhorns tattoo? [Update: No]

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Does Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel really have a tattoo supporting his rival school?

Photos of Manziel on vacation hit the ‘net this week, and one in particular is getting attention. A reader sent in the above photo to Busted Coverage that appears to show Manziel with the Texas Longhorns logo tattooed on his torso.

There is plenty of speculation that the tattoo is a fake photoshop job. We’re not experts in the field of identifying phony photos, but we do know that Manziel is a Texas fan. Just look at what it says in his Texas A&M bio:

Manziel, whom A&M coach Kevin Sumlin hasn’t yet made available for interviews this season, grew up a Texas Longhorns fan (he often sported UT gear around Tyler), but Texas didn’t heavily recruit him. In fact Florida coach Will Muschamp told his players during halftime of this year’s A&M game that UT, where Muschamp had previously served as defensive coordinator, only wanted Manziel as a defensive back.

That’s probably enough to make the fans in College Station want to puke, but that’s life. This may very well be a fake photo, but it wouldn’t be the first time we have seen a college athlete with a regrettable tattoo from a rival team.

UPDATE: Manziel later said on Twitter that the tattoo was fake.

Does that mean Manziel got a fake tattoo of a longhorn on his torso? If so, then he really does enjoy messing with his fans.

Johnny Manziel only taking online classes this semester

If you’re like us and wondering how Johnny Manziel has so much time to set-jet around the country while he is still in school, this might explain things.

Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, told reporters Monday at the Davey O’Brien Award dinner that he is only taking online classes this semester.

Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News reports that Manziel says he is taking all four of his classes online. The Texas A&M quarterback reportedly was hounded by so many autograph and picture requests that he switched out of an English class that was on campus early in the semester. As a result, he reportedly said he is only on campus about once a month.

Manziel has been all over the place since winning the Heisman. He was seen sitting courtside at a Mavericks-Heat NBA game, he flashed cash inside an Oklahoma casino, he played golf with the Jonas Brothers, and he went to Mardi Gras.

Aware that his reputation as a partier had been growing, Manziel shared a photograph on his Instagram account last week of him at his desk facing a computer where he appeared to be doing work.

“Studying for this first SPMT test (for those of you who think I’m never in school)” he wrote as his caption.

Manziel sure is taking advantage of the flexibility his online course schedule allows him, but it does kind of stink that his fame prevents him from attending class like a typical student.

Johnny Manziel gets all decked out for Mardi Gras (Pictures)

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Johnny Manziel was down in New Orleans last weekend to take part in some of the Super Bowl festivities (of course he was), and it appears that he liked it so much he decided to stick around. Either that, or the Heisman Trophy winner went home and decided to venture back to The Big Easy for some Mardi Gras fun.

Mardi Gras takes place on Tuesday, so New Orleans was already buzzing over the weekend. As you can see, Manziel was hanging with Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and LSU running back Jeremy Hill, along with a few others. You could say that the crew was kickin’ it SEC style, but it comes as no surprise that Manziel was the most geeked out in Mardi Gras apparel.

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Johnny Manziel and Rob Gronkowski appear to have finally met (Picture)

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If you had to make a list of the top five people in sports who know how to enjoy life, Johnny Manziel and Rob Gronkowski would likely be on it. Ever since Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, he has been treating himself (we assume) to a nonstop tour of good times that has included a casino trip, courtside seats to NBA games, a round of golf with the Jonas Brothers and an appearance on Letterman. Gronk has been partying since, well, probably the day he was born.

A few weeks ago, word surfaced that Texas A&M has spoken to Manziel’s parents about how he should be handling his sudden fame. If school officials are nervous about Manziel’s behavior, this picture should send a shiver up their spines. Chances are Manziel and Gronk were just posing for a picture together down in New Orleans, but the fact of the matter is the two have now made some sort of connection.

As we know, the offseason belongs to Gronk. He’s already back to partying with no shirt on, so lord only knows what we’re in for from now until August. Texas A&M can only hope he didn’t make Manziel an offer to be his 20-year-old sidekick.

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Texas A&M met with Johnny Manziel and his parents about post-Heisman behavior

johnny manziel cashJohnny Manziel has gone from a relatively unknown college football player to a celebrity athlete in a matter of months. His legend grew after he helped Texas A&M beat national champion Alabama at Tuscaloosa in November, and his celebrity status was cemented after he won the Heisman Trophy in December. With the increased fame has come increased scrutiny. Manziel has made headlines for going clubbing after winning his Heisman, sitting courtside at a Mavericks-Heat NBA game, and flashing cash inside an Oklahoma casino. Though Manziel may not have broken any rules in those instances, he may have generated unwanted attention that Texas A&M would like him to avoid.

Texas A&M’s athletic director met with Manziel and his parents to talk about how to best handle his new fame.

“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior. He is a ‘Heisman,’” athletic director Eric Hyman told the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday.

Hyman stressed how life-changing it is to be a Heisman Trophy winner.

“It’s (about) education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award winner,” Hyman said. “There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”

“That’s a special fraternity, but you also have to understand (Manziel) is 20 years old,” Hyman said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility — but it is a responsibility.”

Does this mean all the fun is gone now that Manziel’s had a meeting inside the principal’s office? Let’s hope not. He has been one of the most entertaining athletes over the past few months. Unfortunately, this sounds a heck of a lot like when the Patriots told Rob Gronkowksi that the “summer of Gronk” was over.

Helmet smack to Game On!