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Back in the 1970's Joe Namath was living life to the fullest as Broadway Joe, and then his former college football teammate Ken Stabler followed suit, and both of them won Super Bowls.

So why do we get on Johnny Manziel for living his life to the fullest as Johnny Football? Yes, we know the game has changed, but it's not like Manziel is going to be learning his Browns playbook by the jukebox in a bar like Stabler used to do.

Stabler is a sad story of a guy that never got out of that reckless behaviour during his time with the Oakland Raiders, but Manziel is still only young at 21, and he also isn't behaving recklessly.

Manziel doesn't behave conventionally because of his affluence. He's from money, and doors open for him unlike the majority of kids coming out of college. This opens all kinds of doors for him and leads to him partying with music stars such as Drake.

When we think of the former Texas A&M quarterback we have to remember that he's not an ordinary player. He plays the game differently, and for now, he lives his life differently off the field.

Surely for a franchise such as the Browns, that has struggled for popularity over the years, an asset like Manziel is the ideally scenario for them.

All this talk of the Browns becoming a hard working blue-collar team with a great work ethic under head coach Mike Pettine is all well and good, but you've got to be popular as well.

Sport is an entertainment business. We have to remember that. Quality play is what excites fans on the field, and speculation is what excites and drives debate off it.

If Manziel truly becomes the starter for the Browns during the 2014 NFL season he will definitely provide extreme excitement. 4th quarter comebacks aplenty and endless crazy plays.

And off the field is bound to continue to excite fans with his crazy antics of going for a little party here and there after big wins.

But all of this is great for the Browns. Nobody was talking about them last season but everyone is talking about them now. Nobody was buying their jersey last season but everyone is buying their jersey now.

During Manziel's NFL career, he will only get several shots at glory in terms of championships. It's likely that his durability will not last for longer than ten seasons.

Therefore, just like a great rock band that soars and then crashes back down, we should appreciate him for what he is right now.

He will be one of the most exciting QB's to watch in the NFL. Even if he never wins a Super Bowl, his short career will be one of the most compelling as long as the media and the Browns allow him to be himself. Let Johnny Football be.

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