“Bow in the presence of greatness, you should be honored by my lateness”- is a quote from Kanye West’s song “Stronger” and basically sums up potential First Round Draft for the Texans Johnny Manziel’s attitude about being chosen as the new QB. But is this self-proclaimed adoration helping or hurting his chances?
Manziel has been quoted as saying,” It would be the worst decision they’ve ever made. I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito to a Dorito.”
Granted, Manziel does have impressive credentials under his belt to help the odds go in his favor. Just the fact that he was the youngest player to win the Heisman trophy and helping Texas A&M knock the number 1 ranked Alabama off , is strong enough to have NFL teams take notice of his strong athletic capabilities. Also, take into consideration the connection Manziel has with Texans owner Bob McNair.
On the other hand, Manziel’s cockiness along with his grandeur theatrics on and off the field is what might be holding him back from being a guaranteed shoe in, which makes coaches and the owner uneasy in their decision making. Manziel is aware of his public image and has made an effort (whether it be genuinely from within or PR prompted) to revamp his brand.
“”I was a kid who made some goofball decisions,” he said. “That’s been part of my journey. Maybe it’s part of the whole Johnny Football deal that I’m trying to get away from. I’m trying to show people I’ve grown up and I’ve learned from my experiences. I feel like you’re a stupid person if you continue to make the same wrong decisions.
I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, anybody in his situation would have been doing the same thing.’ I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions.” Manziel said. Only time will tell to see if this “epiphany” is valid or not. Especially if Manziel doesn’t get chosen by the Texans.
Ultimately, the Texans should choose Manziel and here’s why.
First, he’s a controversial athlete which causes a buzz and people to tune in to see what all the fuss is about. There’s nothing wrong with the clean-cut all American image, however those come a dime a dozen and are basically a safety net for a teams’ brand. A polarizing athlete is more interesting to have because people who love him will tune in to support, while people who don’t will tune in to criticize, come to the games to boo and hurl insults.
Either way it’s a win win for the Texans viewership. Second, since Manziel is so young and youth relate to him, his merchandise will be popular and profitable as well. Third, is his appeal to women. Women love a bad boy and for those women who aren’t familiar with or follow football, Manziel can create a new fan base and viewership.
Wherever Manziel ends up, one thing can be for sure and that’s he’ll end up in sports history with all the other self-proclaimed great athletes who won’t let you forget their resume.
After all, being a public enemy isn’t so bad. Just ask LeBron.