Manziel leaves Manning Passing Academy early, but reports of partying are denied


Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will be the most scrutinized college player in the 2013 football season.  We know that because he already is.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN confirms a report that Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy a day early.  However, Mort says camp officials were “adamant” that Manziel was not sent home by Manning family patriarch Archie prematurely due to partying.

“Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach,” a camp spokesman told Mortensen, who is present at the event. “After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early.”

It sounds like a diplomatic way of tiptoeing around a situation that could embarrass the Mannings almost as much as it would embarrass Manziel. After all, the Mannings want high-profile quarterbacks to choose to participate in the camp; if the Mannings start calling out guys who are essentially acting their age, the harder it could be to get them to choose to attend in the future.  Likewise, the Mannings don’t want to create the impression that their camp is being run by actual or alleged booze hounds.

“I enjoyed meeting Johnny,” Peyton Manning told Mortensen. “I can remember a 20-year-old Eli [Manning] missing a meeting and catching some flak.  We always have counselors who leave early.  Johnny was great with the campers for the time he was here.  He had to leave early.  I wish him the best and I want him to come back as a counselor next year.”

It’s possibly Peyton was being diplomatic, too; however, he hasn’t pulled punches in the past when necessary to call out folks who have been “liquored up.”

Regardless, it’s another reason for scouts and the media to keep an eye on Manziel as he faces the challenge, whether he likes it or not, of maturing in to the kind of quarterback who won’t have non-football concerns prompt his draft stock to dip.  And if there’s any behind-the-scenes truth to the reported rumors of partying, the private dressing down he undoubtedly received from Peyton was likely punishment enough.

26 responses to “Manziel leaves Manning Passing Academy early, but reports of partying are denied

  1. Ryan Leaf 2.0, just not nearly as talented.

    Good thing he has daddy’s money to keep him sleeping soundly at night.

  2. He is rapidly adding to his “do not draft” resume. He had a heck of a year but his behavior and attitude (past and present) are a great big flashing red light warning sign

  3. Manziel is a one hit wonder. No manners. No common sense. No honor. No integrity.

  4. Johnny better get straight and fly right. There is little tolerance in the NFL right now for questionable behavior.

  5. He was hurting. Played in the hot sun, probably caught a ride to Nola to party and made it back early morning. Couldn’t wake up. Sounds like a college kid on a road trip. Move along. This kid can play.

  6. He won the Heisman. So what? They keep showing the same highlight of him over and over again, because that’s all he’s really got. He’ll be lucky to be a 5th rounder next year.

  7. Everyone in Texas knows Johnny football parties hard, I don’t see the point in the Mannings trying to sugar coat his “illness.”

    NFL scouts certainly won’t be fooled and neither will anyone who can read between the lines.

    Johnny needs to grow up fast this coming year if he wants that top-5 money…

  8. Has any of Johnny’s “partying” caused him to miss games, practices, team training camps, etc? Has he failed any drug tests or done something to affect his eligibility? Until then, lets just let the kid enjoy being young and let his on-field performance be the judge of everything else

  9. The thing is, many NFL teams are in dire need of someone with sharp skills at the QB position and Manziel has them.

    Since it is very likely he will be coming out for the 2014 draft, he is going to be a first round pick regardless of his party-guy persona. (Perhaps he’s banking on this.)

    Manziel is showing the world where his priorities lie and he is obviously no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III type leader.

  10. Do you know who didn’t spend a lot of time partying in college? Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning.

    Do you know who did spend a lot of time partying in college? Professional 3rd QB Matt Leinart and professional “Everybody’s fault but mine” cap casualty Vince Young.

  11. Even if he left the camp early for anything other than a family emergency Or a college football matter He should now no longer be deemed worthy of a first or second pick. This guy sounds more like the second coming of Ryan Leaf, Ryan Mallett, or Vince young.

    Cam Newton was a red flag player after he said , amidst his contract with under Armour, “I want to be an entertainer and icon?”

    Manziel seems to be worse.

  12. getyourownname says: Jul 14, 2013 4:05 PM

    I’m thinking Oakland.

    Damn I hope so. See Kenny (plays on one hour sleep ) Stabler. Kid can play. And maybe it was heat and humidity?

  13. Maybe it was heat and humidity. Much more likely it was a hangover. The kid plays at Texas A&M. You don’t think it gets hot there?

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