Near enough everyone misses College once they finally graduate and head towards the real world of working life, someone like Johnny Manziel who would've been the king of campus at Texas A&M University will certainly miss 'College Life'.
Life as a backup
Surrounded by massive hype coming into the NFL and being described as the one of the most exciting prospects entering the professional ranks, the young coronation of Manziel has really hurt the early stages of his career.
Having lost a quarterback battle to Brian Hoyer before the start of the season, Manziel has found himself as the backup and now carries a clipboard on game-day rather than a 'pigskin'.
Far removed from the days when Johnny Football would be the main headline every day in the sports world, Manziel has opened up to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com of how he yearn's for the college life.
Manziel misses college
The Cleveland Browns backup quarterback spoke to Cabot about adjusting to the professional ranks and how he still feels the nostalgic tug of Texas A&M and his college football days:
"I don’t think I miss school, but I miss those guys in the locker room. I miss Coach Sumlin. I think it’s fair for me to say that I miss college life, but this is the decision that I made. And I knew very well going into the draft last year that it was going to be different for me and going to be a time for me to grow up. That’s the path I chose. And if I wanted to stay in college and sleep in and go to class and horse around like I was doing the past couple years, then I should have stayed."
He continued by saying:
"It’s just different. Guys [in college] can come in with a 25-person class that you’re with there for four or five years. Here you get a different mix of rookies coming in. It’s a little smaller class. Everybody here goes home to their families. In college, you’re in the same class with some of the guys, you’re doing the same things on campus, you’re doing the same things outside of football, too. I feel like you’re a lot more of a tight-knit group in college, but at the same time, there’s still a lot of love in this locker room and a lot of that in an NFL locker room I still feel."
Some now believe that Manziel is destined to remain as a backup and his talent doesn't quite translate to the pro game, the quarterback is yet to find a starting berth with the team he was drafted by and is limited to gimmicky plays where he is often used as a runner.
It is quite possible that Manziel's future lies back with college football, but possibly as an analyst, much like fellow polarising quarterback Tim Tebow who was surrounded with equal level hype as Manziel when he began his difficult NFL career.