Johnny Manziel’s summer vacation does not seem like it has been all too enjoyable for the soon-to-be redshirt sophomore. Instead of fun in the sun, the Texas A&M quarterback, and last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, has been embroiled in one scandal after another.
First, the 24-hour sports media zoned in on Manziel’s penchant for partying and underage drinking. As serious as some people make think it is, not many fans are going to fault the young man for being just another college kid.
However, the dual-threat quarterback might have affected his career on the field with a misstep he allegedly made back in January, which caught the attention of the NCAA. The NCAA is looking into allegations that Manziel was paid to sign autographs, which is a violation of the rules. Remember, the NCAA and its administrators are the only ones who are allowed to make money hand over fist.
Anyway, if found guilty of breaking the NCAA rules, Manziel could be suspended for a number of games.
Regardless of if he misses any games or not, the main area of concern for the young quarterback is the fact that he is seemingly coming unraveled. The moment that a budding star becomes distracted, it will start to show through on the field.
Just because Manziel achieved college football’s highest individual honor in his freshman season does not make him bullet proof from the pitfalls of the game. Let’s take a look at a some other similar players that ended up flopping and failing at life in general.
Manziel might do himself some good by using these men as a blueprint of what NOT to do.
Chris Weinke (Florida State)
Weinke won the Heisman Trophy in 2000 at the tender age of…26?! Yes, after toiling in the ranks of minor league baseball, Weinke came to college football and became a star under center. In 1999, Weinke led his Seminoles to a National Championship. Too bad that once he reached the NFL, he compiled a 1-15 record before teams wanted nothing to do with him.
Rashaan Salaam (Colorado)
This star running back is a good example of what can happen when off-the-field exploits affect you on the field. Salaam took home the Heisman Trophy in 1994 and things looked bright for him. Sadly, drugs caught up with Salaam. Furthermore, he became a fumble-happy running back in the pros, where his career did not last long.
Ryan Leaf (Washington State)
Ok, Leaf was not a Heisman Trophy winner, but he was a finalist after his junior year. Plus, he was drafted as the second overall pick in 1998. Leaf is infamously known was one of, if not the, biggest draft busts in the history of the league. Bouncing around the NFL, Leaf did nothing notable outside of playing poorly. His extracurricular activities also caught up with him as he is currently sitting in a prison cell serving a lengthy sentence for a drug offense.