Now there is a report that Texas A&M suspended Manziel last summer for his involvement in a fight with a buddy in College Station. It was going to result in a suspension that would have prevented him from playing football, thus potentially killing what was one of the most enjoyable and fun seasons at A&M in forever.
According to the report, he appealed the suspension and the University agreed to reverse the decision and he was on the team and allowed to play. At the time, he was not the starting QB so no one at the school had any idea what they were sitting on.
Manziel has to be getting sick of this microscope. He wants to go out, party, take classes "on line", have some privacy, graduate, and then go to the NFL the second the 2013 season is over.
It will never be as fun. Ask anyone who has graduated an enjoyable college experience and we will agree we took it for granted - being surrounded by so many people our age living in this giant playpen where society accepts your transgressions.
Then you're gone and you are on your own - an adult. The NFL may be filled with dummies, crooks and thugs, and it can be a lot of fun with a great work schedule. But it's also a brutal, cut throat adult world where people will routinely throw anyone under the bus to protect their check.
Perhaps Manziel can play in the NFL, but the safe bet is to assume he can't. Because most guys can't. He will get a look, and he will cash an NFL check, but what he likely has no idea is that this may be the greatest time of his life. There is nothing wrong with that. Most people who play football never enjoy a season as great as Johnny Football's first as a starting quarterback.
He could technically stay in College Station for another three seasons, but he won't. Unless he is injured or has a terrible season he will declare for the NFL draft. As hard as he appears to have gone after it this season, he will likely tire of the scene and want look to New York City and the green room of the NFL draft.
He will be a God in College Station for decades because of 2012, and thus have a safe harbor where he will forever be Johnny Football. Enjoy it and soak as much out of it as you can, kid.
You don't believe me?
Ask Vince Young.
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