‘Johnny Football’ Raises Red Flags for Texas A&M

by | January 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM | College Football

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel just completed one of the most historic freshman seasons in the history of college football. He won the Heisman Trophy and led his team to victory in the Cotton Bowl.

Johnny Football is enjoying every minute of the success. Apparently he’s enjoying it too much for Texas A&M’s liking. Athletic director Eric Hyman met with Manziel’s parents to discuss their son’s handling of his recent accolades, according to MySanAntonio.com.

“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior. He is a ‘Heisman,’” Hyman said.

Although there are no reports that Johnny Manziel’s recent activities have violated any NCAA sanctions, they have grabbed the attention of headlines across the country.

The All-American quarterback posted a picture of himself waving cash in an Oklahoma casino last month. He has also been spotted watching professional football from a luxury suite at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium as well as sitting courtside at NBA games.

Dealing with overnight celebrity isn’t easy and Hyman appears to be fully aware of the pressures the young quarterback is facing.

“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.”

The early cause for concern by the school’s athletic director could be related to an incident that occurred last year involving the Texas A&M star.

In June, Manziel was arrested for his involvement in a bar fight in addition to providing police officers with a fake Louisiana driver’s license. Charges from the arrest are still pending.

The 20-year-old phenom understands that the spotlight is on. Manziel has stated, “I’ve got to learn from (things) and move on, and make sure I don’t make some of the same mistakes.”


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