Johnny Manziel is going to throw away his chance in the NFL if he continues at this rate. He is looking more and more like a lost cause as every weekend party goes by.
There is a difference between partying to have a good time when you want to blow off some steam. But going out every week during the most important process of your life is beyond reckless.
Former NFL star Heath Evans put it in simple terms several weeks ago. "I think Hoyer will start more career games than Johnny Manziel. He's one his way to destroying his NFL career already," Evans insisted in the video below.
At that time, this writer did not agree with him, but the continuing appearances of Johnny Manziel in public partying have swayed the opinion.
The latest venture out to Las Vegas from the Cleveland Browns quarterback was caught on camera this weekend. The signal caller has been pictured with a playboy model, and he's also been caught rolling a dollar bill, which could easily mean nothing but speculation mounts nonetheless.
It's not that Johnny Manziel's actions off the field have been incredibly over the top. It's more that at the most crucial and defining part of his life, the Cleveland Browns quarterback continues to single himself out rather put his head down and work hard.
There will be plenty of time for partying if and when he win things as a professional athlete, but right now Johnny Manziel is nothing in the pro game. Johnny Football - as he was referred to in college - was dominant during his time with Texas A&M. But that was then, and none of that counts in the NFL.
Any Heisman Trophy winner will tell you that they would trade that in for a Super Bowl ring. And that's what Johnny Manziel strives for, greatness. But he won't get it while he parties away the summer nights that would be best spent studying the playbook and getting to know his own teammates.
That's one of the most frustrating parts about the Johnny Manziel party shenanigans, none of them include his teammates. At least if he was living it up a little with his teammates that would at least mean he was taking part in some kind of bonding.
But partying with his more affluent friends in places like Las Vegas just distances himself from his Browns' teammates that will only look on with either jealously or disdain.
If he is successful, Johnny Manziel won't have to defend himself against his critics. Burning the candle at both ends can work, and other athletes across different sports have shown that. But when you consider the fact intense media will be on his case from the word go, like it has been, all his negative publicity will only put more pressure on him during his rookie season.
This writer hopes he's proved wrong, but it's highly likely Manziel will crumble under the pressure of scrutiny in his first season. He's not helping himself right now, and I'd say he's well on the way to NFL bust town right now. And it seems like nothing will stop him.
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