Joe Theismann’s Advice for Johnny Manziel: Don’t Be Yourself

by Chris Lingebach
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Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies has come under heavy media scrutiny in recent months, leading into the 2013 NCAA college football season. (Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies has come under heavy media scrutiny in recent months, leading into the 2013 NCAA college football season. (Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has become a polarizing figure in college football since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in NCAA history, due in large part to what he’s done off the field.

Aside from his June 2012 arrest, Manziel, 20, has caused a sea of controversy with his actions in the last six months, including tweeting he can’t wait to leave College Station (home to Texas A&M), and more recently, being asked to leave the Manning family summer camp where he was serving as a counselor to high school quarterbacks, after failing to report one morning.

Former Redskins quarterback and college football HOF’er Joe Theismann is certainly no stranger to media attention and/or public scrutiny.

So what does the former Heisman Trophy candidate, who historically changed the pronunciation of his last name to garner more attention for the award, have to say to the most recent Heisman winner?

Don’t be yourself.

“I think if you’re an athlete or a celebrity today, you have to understand that things are very different,” Theismann told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes. “Everybody has a cell phone. Everybody’s recording everything you’re doing. So when you’re out in public, you really can’t be yourself if you want to cut up and sort of go crazy.”

This is interesting, considering being himself is seemingly what keeps landing Manziel in hot water.

“Some of the things that’s happened to Johnny, I think he’s just gotten caught up in the moment of being a Heisman Trophy candidate,” Theismann continued.

“From my perspective, I think he’s a young man who’s experiencing tremendous exposure, and he’ll be smarter for it. He’ll be much more conscious of it,” he later added.

Hear that, Johnny? Don’t be yourself in public and everything will be fine.

Related: Theismann Disputes Reports That RGIII Won’t Play Preseason

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