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Johnny Manziel plays down Tim Tebow comparisons

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Heisman trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel respects Tim Tebow's leadership skills and attitude to the game, but thinks he's a better passer than the former-Florida Gator.

Tebow himself won the Heisman trophy as an underclassman, drawing comparisons with Manziel who become the award's first ever freshman winner last year.

The Texas A&M quarterback, nicknamed 'Johnny Football', torched SEC defences last season - much like Tebow - but the Aggies QB hopes he's considered a better passer than his fellow Heisman alumni.

"I would hope that I'm a better passer than Tim Tebow," Manziel told ESPN's First Take.

"Hopefully, I wouldn't have to go into an offseason and work on my mechanics because as a freshman and as a redshirt freshman, I tried to work on that before I even got into this position where I would have to be questioned about that."

Tebow recently signed with the New England Patriots after a year with the New York Jets. Concerns over his throwing motion and footwork led to speculation the former first round draft pick would not be offered an NFL contract.

But Manziel hopes the same criticisms won't dog his career. Both quarterbacks are comfortable on the run, and took the college football world by storm as young, exciting playmakers.

And while Manziel insists his fundamentals are better than Tebow's, he acknowledges the new Patriot is a great role model.

"He's a great person, he deserves this chance that he's getting in the NFL," Manziel continued. "I do truly believe that from the bottom of my heart.

"As far as being a starting quarterback in the NFL, I don't know if that really suits him."

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