By this point, everyone should be coming down from their Super Bowl high—or hatred—to get back to the more pressing issues of the football world, like who your team will score in free agency, through trades and in the late April NFL Draft. Alas, we’d be irresponsible if we didn’t address something that was a little more serious than how fast prospects will run the 40 at this year’s combine. We’re talking Johnny Manziel, and it has little to do with football, because this guy may never play again—not in the NFL.
9. His Downward Spirals Happen So Fast
When Johnny Manziel was at Texas A&M it was obvious that he was still living a very sheltered, privileged life. His head coach, Kevin Sumlin, was very discerning regarding Johnny and the news media, especially when Johnny was a freshman. This probably should have been the first red flag, but fans were more impressed with Coach Sumlin’s restraint, and his protecting a young player. That’s when stories about Johnny’s character flaws started making headlines. Stories about why he was red-shirted when he first came to the university. In short, this guy had a tendency to party hard, and rely on his talent over his work ethic. Two years into his NFL career, we have seen repeated, destructive behaviors that have been detrimental to his team. And it happens fast! He’s starting. He’s good. He’s injured. He’s in Vegas. He’s on the lam…? Not a good resume builder.