FOX NFL analyst and former Chiefs tight finish Tony Gonzalez randomly stumbled throughout Johnny Manziel understanding in a park in Los Angeles. Manziel appeared good. He was throwing nicely.
However then Gonzalez met Manziel’s public relations supervisor, who was with the quarterback through the exercise. The supervisor had a pair of footwear which Manziel intends to promote if he indicators with an NFL staff.
“[The shoe] stated, ‘The Comeback,’” Gonzalez stated on The Huge Lead Radio on Fox Sports activities. “And I’m like, ‘The comeback from what?’ No offense to Johnny, however it’s not like he got here right here and lit the league up. And that’s part of it, although. … In any case that’s gone on with Johnny, he’s nonetheless serious about branding, and the way to earn cash on it, and the way to be the person and all that stuff. The comeback tour. And I simply assume I’m old skool. Simply maintain soccer on the prime. It’s actually that straightforward. Extra essential than anything in your life. Some individuals don’t need to hear that. Nevertheless it’s extra necessary than anything in your life. And I’m not saying different issues like your loved ones, your faith or your charity isn’t essential. However [football] is the place you spend most of your time. That’s the place you get your bread buttered.”
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The story from Gonzalez is the right illustration of what’s improper with Manziel. He’s acquired the arm expertise — a lot in order that Gonzalez went over to see who Manziel was on this random park. However whereas the arm expertise was engaging, Manziel’s baggage was instantly obvious.
A public relationship supervisor at a exercise? A shoe line, prepared to go for when Manziel will get a contract? His issues are additionally making a comeback: distractions and combined up priorities.
Manziel is already gearing up to capitalize upon the job he doesn’t have but.
Manziel flunked out of the league for a lot of causes. He was fighting psychological well being points. He struggled with bi-polar dysfunction and alcohol habit, Manziel defined just lately. That’s why reviews popped up he was displaying up drunk to the Browns facility. That’s additionally why he was recognized for partying too arduous. He additionally admitted to not doing his homework when he was with the Browns.
Manziel’s dismissed costs of home abuse appeared to successfully finish his NFL profession, as they got here with a horrifying testimony from his ex-girlfriend.
Getting into the league, his playboy picture was manageable. However he had gone properly past the area the place previous NFL playboys like Joe Namath might perform (and win video games). The priority across the NFL must be that he won’t be prepared for the highlight once more — that the eye may lead to Manziel regressing into the tendencies which sunk him within the first place.
“I simply assume the entire partying and the entire tradition of wanting to be ‘The Man’ — you’ve obtained to get out of that, and maintain soccer on the prime,” Gonzalez stated. “And that’s what I advised him. I stated, ‘Hold soccer No. 1 in your life. And then you definitely may be the person. However you’ve acquired to maintain soccer on the prime.’ And I feel he’s figured that — I hope.’
Gonzalez added: “Am I the person once I present up on the membership? Am I hanging out with Jay-Z and LeBron, and all these people who do put within the work in? LeBron and Jay-Z — they don’t see the work that these guys put in. They only need to be like them. That’s why they’ve an issue. They don’t understand that they don’t have to over-ship.”
Manziel has but to over-ship in his NFL profession. And within the meantime, what NFL workforce needs their backup quarterback launching a shoe line?
When Manziel exhibits his true colours, he makes himself unattractive to NFL groups. He might have expertise, however he doesn’t have the remainder of the requirements to be an NFL quarterback.