Rewind the video tape to last year at this time. Barely anyone outside of the state of Texas had heard of Johnny Manziel. He was just one of hundreds of quarterbacks in college football that was trying to make a name for themselves.
Oh what a difference a year makes.
After delighting the establishment as the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, he had an off season that was worthy of Tinseltown. Using Twitter and Instagram as his own personal tracking devices, he showed the whole globe how much fun it was being young, rich, and certainly not giving a fuck. Wait, did I say rich?
Sure, his family’s own wealth allowed him to jet-set around the country and rub elbows with the likes of Lebron James and Justin Timberlake during the summer. Presumably, the Manziel estate was able to put up the collateral for Johnny Football when he bragged about his payday at an 18+ Indian casino. But, his latest brush with instant media chatter was supposed to bring him down.
Apparently, Manziel was able to put the beer bongs and blondes down for a few minutes and sign some footballs at the BCS Final game. Out of the goodness of his heart, he agreed to sign thousands of memorabilia items for a guy he didn’t know from Adam. Sounds feasible right?
Upon hearing this, the stumbling and bumbling NCAA showed up on the crime scene-proceeded to quarantine the area, dust for prints, and come to a conclusion. After pouring through all the evidence, including a 6-hour interrogation of Johnny Football himself, they heard gunshots, but had no smoking gun.
So, after premature whispers of the college football career demise of Johnny Manziel, what do we have? A first-half suspension against Rice University (a game that Texas A&M IS 26.5 point favorites) is all they could muster.
Was Manziel providing his John Hancock as good deed or did the NCAA FUBAR the whole investigation? No one really knows.
What we do know is, the 20 year-old that lived more in the last 12 months that many of us do in a life time lives to see another day. He made history on the field last season and probably made more off it afterwards. And, i have a sneaking suspicion he carried over a certain philosophy from his wild off-season.
He still doesn’t give a fuck.