But when he heads home early from his counseling stint at the Manning Passing Academy because, as he told everyone at media days, he overslept, he has to understand that people will talk. College football analysts will opine. Some will even scold.
But the last way Manziel can retort is by saying that all he wants is to be treated like any other 20-year-old college student. He can't. Because he's not.
He's the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy. He's a household name. And, most importantly, he's a public representative of his university, even when he doesn't want to be. With that notoriety comes scrutiny when he does something kinda dumb. Oversleeping - for whatever reason - while working at the Manning camp and leaving early is kinda dumb.
It doesn't compute when a college athlete - or a professional one, for that matter - says he or she doesn't want the spotlight, yet signs with the most visible and popular team available. But assuming a quarterback with NFL aspirations would shun Texas A&M for Texas A&M-Kingsville is just absurd.
So, yes, Johnny Football, when you're the most recognized college football player in America, your life will sometimes feel a little Bieber-rific. I'll give him one thing, though. At least he doesn't dress like Bieber.
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I'M NOT sure what makes me scratch my head more: That Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested for barking at a Gainesville police dog, or that barking at a police dog is an arrestable offense.
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KUDOS TO Phil Mickelson for winning his first British Open and fifth major championship after a scintillating 66 in the final round at Muirfield. But even after taming the links in Gullane, Scotland, there's one course that vexes him every year.
Mickelson has missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic in three straight tries, the first time in his career he's done that. Maybe, instead of bringing "Bones" Mackay as his caddie for his next trip to White Sulphur Springs, he should bring Michael Caine. The British accent might put him in the right frame of mind. And Caine did "Jaws: The Revenge," for Pete's sake. He'd probably take this job, too.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.