Johnny Manziel: Where Will His Impact Be Bigger, off the Field or on the Field?
Will Johnny Football be more popular on the field or off of the field?
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Johnny Manziel is one of the most popular sports figures we’ve seen in quite some time. He hasn’t played a down of NFL football and is already being treated like a superstar. Manziel is like the modern day Paul Bunyan to the point he’s larger than life and people simply can’t get enough of him.
Of course, this started with Manziel when he took college football by storm at Texas A&M, winning the Heisman as a freshman and memorizing fans with his playmaking ability.
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Because of this, I have to say Manziel will have a bigger impact off the field than on. Manziel is a massive brand that has already helped land him an apparel deal with Nike, which is the largest of any other player in last year’s class. Manziel is in a McDonalds commercial with some guy named LeBron James. Every move he makes is documented and has ESPN looking a lot like TMZ, as all of his party photos and what not are plastered on the television.
I’d never thought we’d see the day when an athlete is bigger and more popular than Tim Tebow, but I’m afraid to say that Manziel has the former Gator beat by a mile. Don’t get me wrong, I think Manziel can be a lot more effective and successful than Tebow. Of course, that isn’t very hard to do. Manziel has a skill set that could thrive in this era of the NFL, and he doesn’t have much quarterback competition around him in Cleveland. He also plays for the Browns, a franchise that hasn’t experienced much success, so anything he does accomplish will seem 100 times better than it probably is.
However, with endorsements and constantly in the news for everything he does on and off the field, Manziel will always be a bigger celebrity than football player. It’s unfair to him considering he’s not doing anything a normal kid in his 20s isn’t doing, but that’s the way it is in today’s media world.
I think Manziel has a chance to be a great football player and can be that guy who takes the Browns to a Super Bowl eventually. I’m rooting for the guy to defeat the odds and have a productive career.
The irony, however, is that football success would just make him that much more popular off the field.