Written by: The Sixth Man
5 Things We Can Learn from Johnny Football
For most warriors of the gridiron, it takes a long, distinguished career to gain legendary status among fans and fellow members of the hallowed football fraternity. Decades of combat between the numbers, a body of bruises and scars, and a mantle of trophies traditionally serve as the only admission tickets to the proverbial mountain of legends.
Unless, of course, you suit up as No. 2 for maroon and white in College Station every Saturday.
Whether we attribute it to the non-stop sports media coverage, off-the field drama, or success on game day, sophomore Texas A&M signal-caller Johnny Manziel has ascended into the most elite category of college football heroes. In 2012, he became the first freshman to take home the Heisman Trophy and forced himself onto the front page with signature highlights. ‘Johnny Football’ became something more than a legend – he became a folklore icon.
Fast-forward a year and the world has seen Manziel burst through an autograph scandal nearly unscathed, only to build on his legacy with more breathtaking moments. On the verge of making the leap to the pros, ‘Johnny Football’ can still be seen scrambling behind a makeshift offensive line, sprinting past the nation’s best defenders, tossing touchdowns, and flashing his trademark money gesture around the stadium.
A select few will ever get to electrify the crowd for Texas A&M, and almost no one will experience the meteoric rise that Manziel has seen in the past two seasons. But the lessons taught by a controversial twenty-one year-old superstar extend well off the field and can be applied to the life of any legend in training. Let’s take a look at five things we can all learn from wildcard ‘Johnny Football’:NEXT