Johnny Football conquered the college football world last season by becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy, but quitting Twitter because of the rough adjustment to celebrity status (h/t ESPN) was Manziel's only real option at this point of his blossoming career.
The Texas A&M quarterback has decided to quit the ever popular social media outlet after the intense scrutiny surrounding the young star’s personal life, according to Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com.
Manziel told Schlabach about leaving Twitter and why he made the decision:
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.
While he may be a recognizable star now, Manziel has remained a normal college student and likes to enjoy himself. Instead of people sharing in his joy as he tweeted pictures of himself with celebrities (Chris Paul, Wale and others), the media has criticized him.
After reportedly shoving a graduate assistant this past week (h/t USA Today), the scrutiny surrounding the QB only intensified. Instead of fighting a battle Manziel knows he would never win, the soon-to-be-sophomore made the right choice for his career and for his life and quit using his Twitter account.
At 20 years old, Manziel shouldn’t be worried about the media scrutiny surrounding his life and the decisions he’s making. Instead, he should be focused on his education, his family and friends and his football career.
If that means having to leave Twitter to ensure he isn’t doing damage to his reputation, then so be it; it’s a small price to pay.
While Twitter is a fun social media tool, it can also be used to attack and exploit people. Manziel has become a target with all of his recent success, and the faster he realizes he will always be under the watchful eyes of the media 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the better equipped the young man will be when dealing with this later on.
As seen by this decision to quit Twitter, Johnny Football is continuing to mature and is focused on getting back into game action.
Manziel threw for an astounding 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, while also adding 1,410 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on the ground in his first season at Texas A&M. That was good enough to snag him the Heisman Trophy, and subsequently, all the media coverage he could stand.
For Manziel and Texas A&M, the 2013 college season can’t get here fast enough.