College football's most exciting player, Johnny Manziel, is no stranger to the spotlight. Since becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy, Manziel's offseason has been one ongoing soap opera: getting kicked out of the Manning Passing Camp, getting into heated twitter debates with followers, showing up to a frat party at the University of Texas, with the most recent twist coming with accusations of signing autographs for payment.
Indeed, college football's most exciting player is also college football's most scrutinized player.
As the old saying goes, "everything we do has consequences". Manziel learned this the hard way as the NCAA suspended him for the first half of Texas A&M's game against Rice. Most people would assume that a suspension would inspire Johnny Football to straighten up, right?
After sitting out the first half of Saturday's game it seemed as if the endless drama surrounding Manziel would be over and that he could focus solely on football. As another saying goes, however, "things are not always as they seem".
After making a dramatic comeback, completing six of eight passes for three touchdowns, Manziel was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter for taunting Rice players. Folks, you just can't write 'em better than this.
In the midst of all of Manziel's antics, however, the Aggie quarterback seems to have found a fan in Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco, no stranger to media scrutiny himself, was recently quoted in an interview with the Carroll County Times as saying:
"I don't know if I'll be too popular for this. But I don't know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel, but I feel like now everyone hates him. He's quickly becoming my favorite player in college football."
Personally, I am a huge fan of Manziel for a few reasons: He can talk trash and back it up with his performance, regardless of offseason drama he can still perform like a Heisman trophy winner should, and he's fun to watch.
Simply put, he's an entertainer who makes people want to watch him perform. And that is the sign of a damn-good football player: One who keeps viewers on the edge of their seats anticipating what is going to happen next.
Keep doing your thing, Johnny Manziel. Keep doing your thing.