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Johnny Manziel makes two big declarations in first media appearance

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Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel has had somewhat of a headline making Friday after his two sweeping declarations.

Much has been made in recent weeks of Manziel's party lifestyle and many pictures of his drunken antics have circled the internet.

Some fans - often of rival teams have claimed he is not the man to be a role model to the young Cleveland fans, but its not the fans who have been harshest.

Many ex players have claimed that it could be bad for the locker room for his team-mates to see Manziel out partying like he has been.

Whether its had an adverse effect on the Browns pre-season workouts only the players know, but Manziel has certainly had enough of the criticism.

On Friday, Johnny Football declared: "I am not going to change for anybody. I am going to enjoy my time off. I work very hard at my job which doesn't get reported and won't get reported."

Manziel's second sweeping declaration ahead of the upcoming NFL season does go against what he said the day after being drafted by the Browns in the first round of this years draft.

When he first joined with the franchise, he claimed that if first year coach Mike Pettine doesn't want to start a rookie, he would understand.

But when Manziel was asked today if he expects to start in week one for Cleveland, his answer was a simply: "absolutely".

Pettine has said all through the Browns off-season workouts that Brian Hoyer is likely to be the starter, and even named his as the starter for their mini-camp.

But now, Manziel seems confident that he will be taking Cleveland's first snap of the 2014 NFL season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Good for you Johnny

I think Manziel is right to not want to change who he is, he is a big time player in the sport he loves, he earns lots of money, why shouldn't he enjoy it?

True, going out and getting drunk isn't the best behaviour for a 'role model' but the quite lives of the other NFL role models just wouldn't suit him.

I think we would miss the old Johnny Manziel if he became a quiet family man who only makes headlines in a positive way at such a young age.

The world is filled with messages that young people should be who they want to be, never let anyone stop you from doing anything you want to do and in a weird way Manziel is saying the same thing.

He doesn't want to stop doing things he enjoys or become someone he's not just because people disapprove of it.

Should Manziel tone it down? let us know your opinion in the comments section.

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