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Johnny Manziel wants to ease away from Johnny Football persona

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Long before he was a possibility to be the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel was a celebrity.

But now that he’s closer than ever, there are only two people he’s looking to rub elbows with.

“Bob McNair and Bill O’Brien,” Manziel said to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, naming the Texans owner and head coach. “Those are the two guys I really want to meet.”

For those two guys to take a chance on Johnny Manziel, they’ll have to trust Johnny Football on and off the field.

And Manziel knows that’s going to take time, but said he thinks some of his college escapades were simply part of growing up.

“I was a kid who made some goofball decisions,” Manziel said. “That’s been part of my journey. Maybe it’s part of the whole Johnny Football deal that I’m trying to get away from. I feel like if I don’t put myself in any of those situations, then I can’t get blamed for it. If I’m not in the neighborhood, and I’m in the house, nothing can be said about me. . . .

“I want to own up to that. I don’t want to hear that, ‘Oh, anybody in his situation would have been doing the same thing.’ I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions. I made those goofball decisions knowingly. I got the consequences that come for it. Just like you make any decision in life, you have your pros and your cons for what’s going to happen. I live with that. I’ve tried to move on from it and tried distance myself as best as possible.”

That’s easy to say, especially right now when it’s the thing that has to be said by a responsible person.

Whether it’s as easy to live remains to be seen, and remains the decision the Texans will be weighing over the next few months.

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16 Responses to “Johnny Manziel wants to ease away from Johnny Football persona”
  1. csuvikingengineer says: Feb 14, 2014 1:44 PM

    “I was a kid who made some goofball decisions”

    Last I checked, he is still a kid. It takes more than 1 off-season to grow as a person. For football players, however, it can take a whole career before a guy sees the light and acts responsibly. This sounds like agent talk for, “I’m ready, take me with the first pick.”

  2. ctiggs says: Feb 14, 2014 1:45 PM

    Bust

  3. ctiggs says: Feb 14, 2014 1:45 PM

    How bout Johnny Bust

  4. FlashPatterson says: Feb 14, 2014 1:52 PM

    Best QB in the draft hands down.. he’s got star power.

  5. nflpropickemking says: Feb 14, 2014 1:56 PM

    Johnny will be a one hit wonder.I mean blunder for the GM that drafts this punk.

  6. tdubdizzle says: Feb 14, 2014 1:56 PM

    Sounds like that speech was written by his lawyer.

  7. nagaswan says: Feb 14, 2014 1:56 PM

    College football is worthless so yeah, being a star there is nothing to be proud of. Or maybe Ron Dayne and Tim Tebow are the best football players of all time…

  8. surfinbird1 says: Feb 14, 2014 1:58 PM

    Johnny Wackadoddle.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Feb 14, 2014 2:07 PM

    Sounds like he’s got smart people in his ear.

    Hopefully he listens to him when the checks start rolling in.

    I would love it one person calling him a bust on here would present a fact or two. His accuracy and arm strength are fine, and there is no questioning his mobility.

    And size? He’s taller and heavier than Russell Wilson.

  10. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 14, 2014 2:21 PM

    He is already not picking the Browns:(

  11. mjk2u says: Feb 14, 2014 2:37 PM

    “I was a kid who made some goofball decisions”………I am over that now and moving on with the kind of maturity you can all be proud of….now if you will excuse me I’d like to get back to bouncing on my Hoppity Hop.

  12. itmustbejj says: Feb 14, 2014 2:44 PM

    Please please please pick him Texans – Every Colts Fan Ever.

  13. oldcracker says: Feb 14, 2014 3:00 PM

    Pls pick him, Texans – every Browns fan ever.

  14. oldcracker says: Feb 14, 2014 3:03 PM

    I think he’d be a great fit in Oakland. (Any one who’s ever been in Oakland will understand that!)

  15. gdive says: Feb 14, 2014 3:34 PM

    Smart move kid. Your actions will tell the real story though not a press release from your agent.

  16. mackcarrington says: Feb 14, 2014 6:28 PM

    He’s lobbying really hard to play for the Texans. How will he react if he ends up in Jacksonville? Or Buffalo? Will he pout and revert back to the immature punk that he was only a short while ago?

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