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Have Johnny Manziel's off-field issues cost him Heisman?

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08:40 AM ET 08.10 | Johnny Manziel lawyered up this week, making it a virtual certainty the Texas A&M quarterback won't become the second back-to-back Heisman Trophy winner in history. It's not as if the kid doesn't need and deserve an attorney. Lord knows with the NCAA's record of unconscionable investigative tactics, Manziel needs legal advice as much as a quarterback needs a solid offensive line. Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season and he earned it. But since then, Manziel has jacked up the noise around him like a grunge club DJ. Manziel made himself a Heisman Trophy frontrunner last season when he led the Aggies to a 27-21 upset of the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. This season the Aggies will host Alabama on Sept. 14 in what will be the most hyped game in the modern era of Texas A&M football. On that day, a focused Alabama team will remove a distracted Manziel from Heisman consideration. Manziel has lawyered up. The noise level is deafening.

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August 10, 2013  08:53 AM ET

He's not Johnny Football anymore. He's Johnny Martyr. He's taking on the NCAA. He's making it easy for hacks like Andy Staples to write stories about players needing to get paid.

August 10, 2013  08:56 AM ET

But he's still Johnny Lohan to me.

August 10, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But he's still Johnny Lohan to me.

Manziel>Football>Lohan in one year. Knucklehead dad too!

August 10, 2013  09:58 AM ET

BTW, you're welcome Braxton Miller!!!

GO BUCKS!!!!!!!

August 10, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Double followed w/ a triple!

August 10, 2013  10:14 AM ET

I vote YES.

August 10, 2013  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's not Johnny Football anymore. He's Johnny Martyr. He's taking on the NCAA. He's making it easy for hacks like Andy Staples to write stories about players needing to get paid.

"Johnny crack corn, and he don't care..."

To reiterate: I'm saying JF- whatever the outcome of this sordid season- will sign a fat MLB contract and will leave his NCAA and NFL cares behind. He'll step in doo and still come up smelling like roses.

August 10, 2013  10:53 AM ET

Manziel could play beyond his level last year and still be out of Heisman consideration. But so what? This poor article regurgitates the obvious and tries to make something out of nothing. Let's begin to talk about the Heisman six weeks into the season, not now.

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August 10, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They should take Manziel's Heisman trophy back from him for disgracing it. Manziels was positioned to be a true American sports idol and hero. What an idiot. Blame the parents.

They didn't take O.J's back and he murdered two people.

August 10, 2013  11:42 AM ET

I think we should all agree to not comment on articles about Johnny Manziel.

August 10, 2013  11:47 AM ET

The Aggies beat Alabama last year 29-24, not 27-21. How can a "sportswriter" get that wrong?

August 10, 2013  11:53 AM ET

Just get the season started dammit.

August 10, 2013  11:55 AM ET

It shouldn't, unless the criteria for the award is changed. The award is for "the person deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football." Not person, player.

August 10, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

It shouldn't, unless the criteria for the award is changed. The award is for "the person deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football." Not person, player.

Yeah, but everybody knows that character issues figure to some degree. Else the Heisman, sacrosanct as it is, would be tarnished.

August 10, 2013  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Manziel could play beyond his level last year and still be out of Heisman consideration. But so what? This poor article regurgitates the obvious and tries to make something out of nothing. Let's begin to talk about the Heisman six weeks into the season, not now.

Nah. It's funnier to watch everyone whining about him.

August 10, 2013  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Aggies beat Alabama last year 29-24, not 27-21. How can a "sportswriter" get that wrong?

That's some quality journalism right there!

August 10, 2013  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yeah, but everybody knows that character issues figure to some degree. Else the Heisman, sacrosanct as it is, would be tarnished.

I suppose so, it does say " excellence with integrity." Pretty subjective if that is used to determine the award. The NCAA is not much of a judge based on past history.

Here is the funny part: "sports journalists are to be the determinants of the award since they are "informed, competent, and impartial." [3] There are 870 media voters: 145 voters from each of six regions.


Got it: sports journalist are informed...competent... and immmmpartial.


Stuff ya cannot make up.

August 10, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That's some quality journalism right there!

That guy is informed and gets a vote?.....and/or hundreds like him....

 
August 10, 2013  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Got it: sports journalist are informed...competent... and immmmpartial.Stuff ya cannot make up.

That's funny right there. Impartial my arse....even if they are informed and competent...which is debatable.

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