Johnny Manziel is a Raider. He may not think it, he may not be drafted by the Raiders, the Raiders may not even be interested in him, but everything about Johnny Football screams Oakland Raiders.
The 'Silver and Black' aren't just the teams colours, it's a certain style of football and a way of life.
And no-one that I have seen more in the past decade embraces everything about what it is to be a member of the Raiders quite like Manziel.
His style on and off the field wouldn't be out of place in a documentary or book you read about the Raiders of the 70's like Ken Stabler, Phil Villapiano and Jack Tatum, a group of renegades that played by their own rules. And the Raiders of Los Angeles that inspired so much of our modern culture and what we see all around us.
'Johnny Freakin' Football' is the complete embodiment of what they were. He is as relaxed as they come, yet still harbours that competitive edge that would make him strive to win every game of beer pong or Russian roulette he ever plays.
It's the play by my own rules, dance to the beat of my drum Bo Jackson-ness that effuses from every part of his personality and game-tape that you warm to. Every NFL player that works out with him tells stories about him. Ike Taylor, the Pittsburgh Steelers double Super Bowl winning cornerback waxed lyrical after practising with Manziel, calling him a winner and a leader...what more do you want from your franchise QB.
The Raiders are in a funk that does a disservice to the legend of John Madden and all other greats to represent the Pirate symbol. Matt Schaub isn't going to inspire fans or create a buzz, but there's one guy out of Texas A&M who only knows showtime.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms