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Manziel says he’s all football from this point forward

Johnny Manziel AP

In one of the largest Scouting Combine media sessions this side of Manti Te’o, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel told reporters he was trying to focus on his new job, and leave his college reputation behind.

He did drop a third-person reference, but insisted his high-profile persona wasn’t accurate, saying “I’m really just a small-town kid.”

More important to NFL teams will be whether he can be a big-time passer, and he said his emphasis will be on proving to teams he can stay in the pocket and make plays.

“I’m just looking forward to showing up all the people that say I’m just an improvisor,” Manziel said.

He joked that after measuring a quarter-inch short of his anticipated six feet, he plays “like I’m 10 feet tall.”

But the recent success of shorter quarterbacks won’t be as much of a problem as convincing people he’s mature enough to assume the leadership of a team.

“This is life now. This is a job for me. I’m taking it very seriously,” he said, adding that he was going to be “football 24-7″ from this point forward.

 

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20 Responses to “Manziel says he’s all football from this point forward”
  1. fissels says: Feb 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    Yeah right

  2. marcolamorsa says: Feb 21, 2014 12:30 PM

    Ok.

  3. meatcarroll says: Feb 21, 2014 12:32 PM

    “But the recent success of shorter quarterbacks ”

    No, there’s only the recent success of Russell Wilson, a special player. Not multiple shorter quarterbacks.

  4. mrgroovesd says: Feb 21, 2014 12:33 PM

    Until the money he starts getting money from his contract and sponsors…

  5. tjacks7 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:37 PM

    Call me crazy but there’s a part of me that hopes the Vikings land him if they can’t get Bridgewater. I don’t know if he’ll ever be great but he’d definitely be fun to watch. Anyone who was successful in a major college conference, has the tools, and the desire to be great is okay by me.

  6. missingsock215 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:53 PM

    B
    U
    S
    T

  7. floratiotime says: Feb 21, 2014 1:07 PM

    He said he was going to take his football neat from now on.

  8. corkspop says: Feb 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    So, if he was 6′-1″ he’d be headed for stardom, but, since he’s a hair under 6-0, nobody should risk it? Get real. This guy is a winner.

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    Didn’t he say he was going to be “football 24/7″ a few weeks ago and then flew out to meet with Nike? Great job with building credibility, kid.

  10. norrismen says: Feb 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    Actions speak louder than words and he seems not care about following rules

  11. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 21, 2014 1:24 PM

    Love Manziel. Biggest hands in the draft. With weight training and some NFL coaching he will be one for the ages. He just doesn’t accept losing.

  12. habsfanatic says: Feb 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    Perhaps he should tell the same thing to his marketing agency who plans to help him transcend all sports like Lebron!

  13. pftfan says: Feb 21, 2014 1:29 PM

    His Instagram is basically him hobnobbing with rappers, celebs and various other hangers-on.

    I can’t foresee this “Entourage” lifestyle changing after he gets his NFL contract. I know the term “distractions” got thrown around rather unfairly around Michael Sam, but the if there’s one kid in the draft with too many “distractions”, it’s Johnny Manziel.

  14. mr4thand1 says: Feb 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    Best of luck to you, young man.

  15. patssox says: Feb 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    BUST

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 21, 2014 1:51 PM

    Akili Quinn IS A BUST.

  17. lowlifenebula says: Feb 21, 2014 2:04 PM

    I really hope the Texans don’t get him. I never really liked his attitude or antics in his college days. I also think he’d fit better with a different team.

  18. mackcarrington says: Feb 21, 2014 2:34 PM

    I don’t think Manziel is a bad kid. His dad spoiled him little, but he went through the growing pains of immaturity just like any 20 year old would. he doesn’t seem to be repeating his mistakes.

  19. qdog112 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:40 PM

    Johnny, the money won’t build character, but it will highlight shortcomings.

    The GM who drafts him 1st round, is gonna be eatin’ bologna sammiches and sardines on his couch in a year.

    The Johnny being Johnny stories will keep us entertained. IOf you get drunk at the Mannings QB camp and can’t make it to sessions, you should automatically be disqualified.

  20. sprtmano says: Feb 22, 2014 8:55 AM

    If he has to say it……..

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