Not me. The kid is and always has been a party ANIMAL! He has had a bad drinking problem all through college, and Sumlin's staff overlooked it because the kid was phenomenal on the field. He got into trouble for fighting at bars as well. It's pretty well accepted that he missed that day at the Manning QB Academy because he was hung over and overslept. He was frequently spotted in College Station bars, partying his azz off while in college. He was able to get away with it, because he had the uncanny ability to get drunk one night and play lights out the next day. He can't get away with that in the NFL.
I know a bit about his family. JF comes from a very wealthy oil family from Tyler, TX (his mom and dad later moved to Kerrville, where Johnny played his HS ball). Let's just say his family has a very "colorful" history. There have always been rumors of JF's relatives being involved with all sorts of rather questionable business enterprises. I'm sure a lot of the rumors about the Manziels are exaggerated and some outright false, but lets just say the Manziel family doesn't have the best name in east Texas. I don't want to repeat these rumors here, as I don't know for certain whether they are true or not, but I always heard where there's smoke, there's probably some fire. Regardless, JF has always gotten whatever he wanted and escaped serious consequences for his actions because of his family's wealth buying his way out of trouble. In college, he always had smoking hot chicks throwing themselves at him. JF is used to getting what he wants always, and has never had to really pay for his bad decisions.
Even JF's dad basically threw Johnny under the bus when he was in college, saying that he had a drinking problem and that, given excess downtime, he was prone to getting into trouble.
Recently, this image hit the internet, supposedly taken in a Vegas restroom. What is he doing with that dollar bill, and why? Draw your own conclusions.
I've been the biggest apologist for JF's actions as anyone because, let's face it, he did great things on the field at my alma mater and was exciting as hell to watch! If he had been playing for anyone else's team, the fan base would be equally defensive about him, just as the FSU fans were about Jameis Winston. JF was probably the best college football player I've ever seen, but as we've seen from other Heisman winners, that doesn't mean sh** in the NFL. I put on maroon blinders when it came to that guy, refusing to believe the stories about him were true, because I didn't want to believe they were true. Hell, I partied a lot in college, so I would expect nothing else from a 20 year old college kid. If I'd been the starting QB for a major college football program, I probably would've done many of the same things JF did, and I'd take full advantage of my status with the women.
No more excusing his behavior for me. The kid needs to get his life in order and grow up or he'll one day be selling insurance, telling people about the day he won the Heisman.
As a fellow Aggie, I wish him the best and hope and pray he gets his life squared away and has a successful career. I will never forget the amazing things he did while wearing maroon and white. As a man, I hope life kicks him in the azz enough to finally make him realize he isn't bulletproof and his antics aren't funny anymore.
Edited by RifleDude - February/02/2015 at 16:10