NFL Legend: "Manziel's party life will lead to short NFL career"

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Johnny Manziel recently at an Indians game
Johnny Manziel recently at an Indians game.

Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith believes that rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will have a very short career in the NFL if he doesn't learn how to curb his celebrity lifestyle.

Many wondered what kind of adjustments Manziel would make to his personal life upon joining the professional ranks in the NFL but the Cleveland Browns rookie continues to enjoy life to its fullest after being pictured in nightclub's throwing up his famous money sign.

The future success of Manziel could all depend on his actions off the field and Dallas Cowboys legendary running back Emmitt Smith has now weighed in on how events may unfold for 'Johnny Football'.

Speaking to KRLD-FM on Tuesday, Smith said: "That lifestyle is going to be a short lifestyle, a short career lifestyle, if he continues that, As we used to say, you can't keep burning the candle at both ends of the stick. The candle gets small fairly quick. So, Johnny is going to have to figure it out."

Manziel's antics in college were much publicised and the quarterback didn't shy away from the media when asked about high-profile events and attending campus parties.

He hasn't strayed away from the persona that made him the most polarising and exciting college football player there may have ever been, Manziel has been spotted poolside in Las Vegas as well as Austin and has also been enjoying life cross country.

Smith continued with his opinion on the actions of Manziel: "Hopefully he's not doing anything to hurt himself outside of drinking, which is going to harm his body and harm his performance anyway, But at the end of the day, he's going to have to learn to manage those things."

He also added: "Johnny's going to have to make a decision in terms of who he wants to be and how he wants to take this platform that he's been blessed to have to the highest level and maximize his true potential in every aspect of his life."

This analysis comes from a Hall of Fame running back and the man who holds the NFL record for career rushing yards, Smith amassed an incredible 18,335 yards on the ground over a 15 year tenure in the NFL.

Manziel recently signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns and with minicamp behind him, the partying will more likely continue throughout the summer for the 21-year-old but it may be wise to heed the advice of an NFL legend like Emmitt Smith.

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