Johnny Manziel, Heisman winner and social-media hero of the masses, will have a self-imposed Twitter ban for the foreseeable future.
ESPN reports the young man affectionately known as Johnny Football is calling it quits on the popular micro-blogging site.
We join the many who now mourn what was an excellent opportunity to live vicariously through the Texas A&M quarterback.
Now, we just have to wait until someone else posts pictures of him partying in Scooby-Doo outfits or hanging with coeds in Cabo.
It makes perfect sense when you consider he was slowly turning into the collegiate version of Rob Gronkowski, a sports star more famous for off-the-field antics than on-the-field prowess.
Manziel offered as much in the ESPN report:
I've kind of just shut it all off. With how the media has been with me for a while, I just shut everything off. As of [Monday], I said I was done with [Twitter] for however long. It's fun to have, but it can get to be distracting at points.
I'm surprised to [see] how the attention has continued through the offseason. I guess I thought it would die off and slow down a little bit, but it really hasn't.
Manziel's last tweet from his account—which is still active—was a relatively innocuous one about Ohio State's Aaron Craft.
Aaron Craft is easily one of my favorite players in the tourney all these tweets are FALSE. Kid has lockdown D& kept his team alive #respect— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 25, 2013
Not that this is the type of tweet we will miss.
Of course, Manziel has been known to take down some of the more controversial posts, like the one below that featured his winnings from an Oklahoma casino, via Yahoo! Sports.
As we know, his escape from Twitter will hardly skirt subsequent party pics from reaching fans, because a great deal are captured by outside media and fans with smart phones.
Still, it's nice to see that he is making a concerted effort to finish off his career at Texas A&M in the most private manner possible, with most of the emphasis on football and education.
You might remember that he recently took his classes online to get away from the nearly inescapable fame that follows him on campus.
Take care, Johnny Football. You will be missed.
Although, something tells me he will be just fine and will someday return to the hundreds of thousands of followers who will assuredly be waiting.
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