May 31st, 2013 10:30 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida, Texas A&M
Tags: Eric Hyman, Johnny Manziel, Philippines, San Diego Padres
Junior-to-be, Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel is back on Twitter and back in the news on a regular basis. Earlier this month he made headlines throwing out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres baseball game.
Manziel is taking full advantage of his celebrity status. Whether it’s hanging with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at the Super Bowl or plopping down in front-row seats for an NBA game, the electrifying QB is having an offseason to remember.
Naturally, many A&M fans are A-OK with Manziel living it up. After leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record last year, ol’ #2 can do no wrong.
But a few folks inside the A&M fanbase — and many in the media — wonder if Manziel might not have the same level of football focus now that he’s become part of our pop culture. And before you say that’s an unfair question, does anyone remember Tim Tebow making so many celeb appearances after he won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore? Hell, the May after he won the award he was in the Philippines helping to circumcise young boys.
Still others — usually fans of A&M’s rivals, though occasionally a national broadcaster – wonder if Manziel’s seemingly pricey travel habits are copacetic with the NCAA rule book.
Well one guy who’s not worried about Manziel’s off-field activities is Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman. He recently had this to say about the straw that stirs College Station’s drink:
“He’s enjoying life. People track him, I don’t. People enjoy following where he is, but that’s other people. Our compliance office has communicated with him numerous times. I’ve met with him several times. The football staff has met with him. We’ve done the best job we could as far as making sure everything is appropriate and double-checked, cross the t’s and dot the i’s. He does enjoy life.”
That he does.
So a word of warning to A&M coaches and compliance aides: Manziel’s still got about a month and a half of playtime before SEC Media Days kicks off the 2013 football season. Happy t-crossing and i-dotting, gang.
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