Johnny Manziel's Texas Longhorns Tattoo Starts Massive Forgery Debate

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 12, 2013

Photo Credit: Busted Coverage
Photo Credit: Busted Coverage

There is a mystery taking over the ranks of college football fandom at every moment. At the heart of it all is a simple question: is Johnny Manziel the kind of man who would get a Texas Longhorns tattoo?

The latest college football frenzy begins with a photo posted by Busted Coverage of Johnny Football enjoying some down time with his bros in Cabo San Lucas. 

Of course, there is really nothing at all interesting about the following picture, because it would only be odd if Manziel weren't in some tropical locale enjoying life to its fullest. 

When you let your eyes wander for just a moment you will then notice—bwhaaa?! Yup, that is indeed a Texas Longhorns tattoo living far too close to Manziel's heart. 

Busted Coverage then points to Manziel's bio page which may solve what's going on here. 

Manziel…grew up a Texas Longhorns fan (he often sported UT gear around Tyler), but Texas didn’t heavily recruit him. In fact Florida coach Will Muschamp told his players during halftime of this year’s A&M game that UT, where Muschamp had previously served as defensive coordinator, only wanted Manziel as a defensive back.

So Mr. Football was a Longhorns fan. That hardly proves he would get ink before ever securing a quarterback gig with the Longhorns.

While we understand athletes and young men are indeed foolish, we just can't buy that this photo is real. It makes sense that a lot of you out there don't either. 

Because, well, there is just no way. The brain has to accept that a Texas A&M hero would wear a badge of loyalty for the Texas Longhorns, and our brains are just too feeble to make it across that chasm. 

The Busted Coverage comments section is filled with just one overarching sentiment: fake. 

That's pretty much what Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage thinks as well. He even took a few moments to visit a TexAgs.com forum on this very subject. 

As noted, most have zoomed in on the photo and now consider this ink nothing more than a photoshop job. Though there is hope we may soon have an answer. 

But I've reached out to Gabe at TexAgs.com and he's not sure whether it's fake or not. He's actually contacted teammates to ask them whether the tattoo is real. Which has to be an awkward text message to send to another man. (Preliminary indictions: fake).

Let's hope there is an Aggies teammate out there willing to step forward with a very real and clear memory of Johnny Manziel and the left side of his chest. 

So now we have a silly debate that will be ratcheted up with the emotional outcry befitting the reigning Heisman winner. 

For what it's worth, we are just concluding Manziel's freshman year. Things, thankfully, will only get far more entertaining from here on out. 

Hit me up on Twitter, especially if you have tattoo answers. 


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