There aren't many similarities between Johnny Manziel and Tom Brady, but that hasn't stopped the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from reportedly reaching out to the three-time Super Bowl champion.
According to the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, Manziel got in touch with Brady to help him better prepare for life in the spotlight. Manziel's throwing coach George Whitfield said that the two quarterbacks exchanged texts, and Brady was willing to offer advice to the NFL draft prospect:
Whitfield said Brady encouraged Manziel to 'ignore the noise' which is a popular phrase in Foxboro with Patriot players blocking out what's being said and written about them both good and bad. Brady also told Manziel to enjoy the moment and experience the ride of being drafted and entering the next phase of his career.
Update: Friday, Feb. 21, 3:59 p.m. ET:
Manziel offered more details on the conversation between him and Brady at his Combine press conference, via ESPN.
"For him to reach back out to me after I sent a text message to him was extremely cool. [It was] kind of a really funny conversation at first, [then we] worked our way into a more serious conversation.
Manziel added that the biggest piece of advice he had was to enjoy the draft process as he begins to take the next step. He also told about a joke Brady made during their conversation.
He said "If I teach him to run like I can, he'll do anything in the world for me. It was pretty funny coming from him."
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The two quarterbacks couldn't be more different. Manziel is projected to be a top-five pick in this year's draft, thanks to his explosive mobility. Brady thrives in the pocket, but he lasted until the sixth round in the 2000 NFL draft.
Although Manziel was frequently spotted "partying," he has done a good job of staying out of the spotlight since playing his final college game. The former Aggies star could benefit from reaching out to Brady, who has managed to keep a low profile off the field for more than a decade.
There aren't many people better to reach out to than Brady. The veteran has won two NFL Most Valuable Player awards and has done a great job of handling the pressure of being a superstar quarterback.
Manziel found himself in the spotlight as a college freshman. However, if he is the No. 1 overall pick, he is going to have to deal with even more attention.
Thanks to Brady, Manziel may be able to act like a professional from the day he is drafted.