Love him or hate him, it's difficult not to respect the genuineness of Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M star has been caught in a surplus of attention this offseason, and he isn't letting that force him into hiding.
It is that confidence and bravado that suggests Manziel will be just fine as he enters a season as the first-ever sophomore with a Heisman Trophy already under his belt.
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Since his amazing freshman season concluded, Manziel has been a fixture in the headlines for his off-the-field adventures. And to that end, there have been many.
Manziel recently added to those adventures, but first, let's quickly get up to speed on his Heisman summer tour.
Manziel has found himself in the press for, among other things, displaying gambling winnings, sitting courtside at NBA games, taking online classes and an early departure from the 2013 Manning Passing Academy. He also posted a tweet, which was deleted, saying that he couldn't "wait to leave College Station."
It's pretty clear that donning the Tebow jersey was not a coincidence. Manziel has not been oblivious to the attention and criticism he has received in the media, and he poked fun at that by putting on a jersey of a fellow Heisman winner who has conducted himself in a far different manner than Manziel has.
Of course, that is not shocking. Manziel is not afraid to put this kind of spotlight on himself, and he is content to let his performance on the field speak for him.
Check out some recent tweets from the 20-year-old:
Last time I checked double digit win columns and championships are what matters.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) July 28, 2013
By taking this kind of attitude, Manziel is announcing to the world that he has no fear over following up his Heisman campaign.
To be clear, this youngster was going to be under a ton of pressure no matter what happened this offseason. He could have wilted and gone into hiding over this pressure. Instead, he has cranked up the intensity of the spotlight with his antagonistic approach.
This highlights his confidence in his abilities to play football.
While we have all grown accustomed to athletes offering up politically correct responses, Manziel's brazen attitude with his exploits is a bit shocking. Again, he is able to do this through the strength of his confidence in his abilities.
While Manziel has clearly been enjoying the fruits of his fame, he realizes he has to back it all up on the field. All of the criticism he has received and egged on will only go to help fuel his competitive drive. That drive to succeed and the quest to prove people wrong will help keep him focused on the task of winning football games, and that is going to lead to another excellent season for the dual-threat quarterback.