As Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel dealt with media overexposure and multiple controversies this offseason — some real concerns, some not — the majority of Texas A&M fans stood behind him. Face it, the kid has incredible talent on a football field and that will make up for NCAA investigations and and naughty tweets in a lot of folks’ eyes.
Aside from Aggie fans, there was one other person who backed Johnny Football throughout his trials and tribulations — rap star Drake. Stopping by ESPN on Tuesday — which says a lot about what ESPN’s become – the rapper took the time to talk up his new pal:
“He’s a great guy and he’s got the best intentions. He does nothing with malicious intent. I love him to death. We’ve gone from sort of like I’m a fan of his and he’s a fan of mine to genuine friends. And I think we’ll be friends for a long time…
He is a pure soul… He’s not a wild guy. He’s passionate about music and he’s passionate about football. In his free time when he (wasn’t) playing football, he chose to come see me (in Toronto).”
The 26-year-old Drake also sees himself as a type of mentor for Manziel. “Despite what some people report, I actually consider myself a positive reinforcement in his life,” the rapper said. “I try to keep him on track. I know he has a bright future and he’s displaying it right, especially in his last two performances.”
If Drake has had anything to do with Manziel’s numbers to date — 1,228 passing yards, 255 rushing yards, and 15 touchdowns total — he should go into the business of quarterback-whispering.