Off in the distance, 25 to 50 years from now, he’ll be the guy they still talk about.
Part gridiron Houdini, part mystery man, Johnny Manziel’s ascendency from a virtual unknown Freshman to the Fresh Prince of his sport will forever be one of fabled lore, and branded by a nickname of epic proportions.
Today’s college football scene — like so much of the sports world it resides in — can at times make you crazy enough to want it all to just go away. Wholesale conference realignments continue to run rampant thanks to carpet-bagging, money-grabbing supposed universities of higher learning. Also, we’re currently being treated to the always amusing but equally tiring rite of the season: the annual coaching carousel that WILL make you dizzy.
And, of course, there’s the confounding system by which the NCAA and the BCS runs things that stands as a unifying cause for the disenchanted, you and me, who just want to love our fall Saturdays without the static that seems to distract and detract from it actually happening.
Then comes the new kid on the block, this fuzzy-cheeked Texas A&M gunslinger who we weren’t allowed to hear from, but who let all of his actions out on the football field speak volumes louder than any words he could utter out of his mouth.
Right out of central casting, wearing his shiny white uniform, Johnny Football rode in to the rescue.
Yes, the personal journey of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was one that tugged at the heart strings amidst a dramatic return to glory for his Fighting Irish. His story, too, would’ve been scripted with Hollywood-like emotion and drama.
However, it’s Manziel’s fairy-tale, rags-to-riches tale that could be marketed as a sort of Rudy Redux, and thus makes for a perfect holiday season blockbuster.
No matter what he does from here on out, Johnny Manziel will never be confused with Gino Torretta or Eric Crouch. Quite to the contrary, his name stands in lights with the likes of Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III for the numbers that he put up, and Roger Staubach and Doug Flutie for the style that he performed with.
Heisman Trophy winner for the ages.