- 09/05/2013, 02:38PM ET
Mrlns Fn said 09/05, 02:39 PM
I'm going with Johnny Manziel.
Everybody hates on this cat these days but it wasn't so long ago that he was the most popular story in American sports.
Remember this time last year? Nobody had ever even heard of Manziel. He was a freshman QB for a team nobody expected much from in their first year in the mighty SEC.
But then Manziel started dominating and A&M started winning. Heck, Manziel led the Aggies into Bryant-Denny stadium and left Tuscaloosa with a win. Over the soon-to-be National Champions.
All of a sudden people started noticing. How could you not?
Manziel finished 2012 with over 3,700 yards passing and 26 TDs on 68% completion and accumulated 1,400 yards rushing with 21 rushing TDs.
Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman.
And then it all went downhill.
From getting kicked out of the Manning's QB camp to the autograph signing scandal, Manziel was in the news for all the wrong reasons.
And he's embraced it. You see the way he mocked the autograph incident against Rice? That happened the day after Manziel was penalized and talked to his teammates about what he had "learned".
Manziel had the biggest heel turn.
Mil Town Proud said 09/05, 03:07 PM
The man I am going to select is one of the most decorated US athletes in history.
A former symbol for perseverance through adversity.
7 time Tour de France winner
USOC Male Athlete of the Year (4x)
AP Male Athlete of the Year (4x)
ESPY Male Athlete of the Year (4x)
SI Sportsman of the year (2002)
These are just some of the accolades and accomplishments tarnished by his 2013 admission of using performance enhancing drugs.
Say what you want about Manziel, its mostly a case of a kid acting like a kid (albeit a very stupid kid) under intense media scrutiny.
Armstrong, on the other hand, connived and cheated his way into American lore, became a role model for millions battling cancer that they too can persevere against all odds.
Heel turn / fall from grace, no American athlete in history, let alone recent years, has disappointed as many as Armstrong.
His actions did not just damage his reputation, it damaged the organization synonmous with Armstrong's likeness in the mid 2000s and dedicated to supporting those affected by cancer, Livestrong.
- Awful Announcing
- Free Darko
- Pro Football Talk
- The Big Lead
- Joe Posnanski
- The Sporting Blog
- Big League Stew
- Bugs and Cranks
- Every day Should Be Saturday
- Mr. Irrelevant
- With Leather
- The Sports Hernia