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Johnny Manziel wishes he wasn't a celebrity

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Johnny Manziel has been trying to reinvent himself ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback has been doing his utmost to lose the 'Johnny Football' nickname he says he acquired from "fan message-boards" rather than due to his off the field antics.

The number one prospect appeared on Jon Gruden's pre-draft Quarterback camp show, and a clip of it has been released on the ESPN website.

In the six minute bit, Manziel talks about his nickname, his willingness and desire to win, and how much of a celebrity he has become at the tender age of 21. 

But Manziel wishes he wasn't as well known:

"You've got a lot of awards, a lot of success. And with it comes...distractions," Gruden tells Manziel.

The Super Bowl winning coach goes on to talk about how he sees Manziel on TV every day, hangs out with LeBron James and Drake, and poses the question to him if he believes that he is high maintenance.

Manziel replied from the heart and looked full of regret as he answers Coach Gruden:

"I was asked to do a lot of things, certain things that other people didn't have to do....and during the Spring, after the Heisman everything happened so fast. I did too much. I put too much on my own plate and didn't say no enough."

Manziel then replies directly to the fact that he has talked about on ESPN and television so much saying, he "never wanted it to be this way" and that he "isn't that type of guy."

Johnny Manziel knows that a lot of teams have worries about his off the field persona and he has certainly been on the charm offensive recently trying to help his draft stock. 

We'll have to wait till May to see if it pays off.

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