BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The allegations that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sold his autographs for money are “either the most far-fetched story I’ve ever heard of, or he’s the dumbest player to ever play college football,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said in an interview today.
Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, said players know from the time they’re recruited they cannot be paid. Manziel’s radar should be even higher after winning the Heisman Trophy, Herbstreit said.
“It’s mind-boggling that he would walk into a room with these memorabilia people that he doesn’t even know and be willing to sign things and allegedly be paid,” Herbstreit said.
Herbstreit said he hopes the stories about Manziel — first reported by ESPN’s Outside the Lines — aren’t true. He added “it would be a real tragedy” if college football didn’t see Manziel play in the Alabama-Texas A&M game on Sept. 14.
Can’t say Herbie is wrong. As much as I love Johnny Football and as much as I hate the bullshit arbitrary NCAA rules, if you put yourself in a position to be declared ineligible by signing a bunch of shit for cash, while being videotaped and Twitpic’d on an iPhone, you could very well be the dumbest player to every strap on the pads. Of course there’s always the chance you’re a certified genius because you know the NCAA will never punish you regardless of what you do because you’re their cash cow and your showdown with Bama is the sports event of the year? Soo now I’m all confused. Officially hit Johnny Football overload. Think it might just be best for everybody if we stop speculating and talking about 20 year old bros and Sharpies pens and post some tits or an ass or something.