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Yesterday Tom Brady gave his two cents on Texas A&M's QB Johnny Manziel, so today we have former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann who went on a three-minute rant with Yahoo! Sports Radio that kind of destroyed the Aggies' QB head to toe.

Johnny Manziel shows a great amount of immaturity. He shows a great amount of classlessness. He doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a leader. He doesn’t understand what it’s like to have the respect of the people in your business and with you. And for him to come out and say I’m only gonna stay one more year at Texas A&M, he would have trouble playing professional football with men.

His game is one of freelance football. It works very well in the Canadian league because I played up there. But in the National Football League, you can’t run around and think that you’re going to escape and outrun defensive ends and linebackers at this level. He’s not very disciplined in what he does. He’s not very mature in the way that he conducts his life and I think he should stay in college and grow up. And then if he thinks he can come and play with men, let him come.

But what really bothered me – there have been a number of things that bothered me about Johnny – but what really bothered me was when you walk by your head coach and ignore him, who the heck does he think he is? Yes, he won the Heisman Trophy; somehow he ended up winning the Heisman Trophy. Different guys kept falling off the map and all of a sudden he does his circus act against Alabama and everybody goes ‘Woo, OK fine, he’s the Heisman Trophy winner.’ Congratulations to him. I think that’s a great honor and a great award. But it also carries with it a degree with which you have to be respected and you have to conduct yourself in a respectful manner.

And what I saw him do in that game, in the conversation with the players, what I saw him do walking past his head coach, you’re the Heisman Trophy winner, you’ve been suspended by the NCAA, which by the way is the biggest joke in the world, for one half of a football game.

If you didn’t do something wrong, then don’t suspend him. There’s no such thing as he violated the spirit. What’s the spirit of what they’re talking about? They have no clue. So what happens is in this situation is you have a chance to go out on the football field, you’ve done your penance, you’ve received whatever fine or whatever penalty the NCAA wanted to dole out to you, now you get a chance to go out and lead your football team. You go out and get to show everybody that the things that happened, the things that were said about you, really aren’t you.

And then what he does is he just goes out and he just confirms that he’s not a very mature young man. And that he’s not a very goof leader of a football team. There are a lot of guys that have a lot of talent that play at our level. There are a lot of guys that have a lot of talent that play at the college level – Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville, the quarterback at Clemson, the quarterback at Florida State – I’d take any of those guys over Johnny Manziel in a heartbeat, in a heartbeat.

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Tommy Patel - 25 months ago
"Dr RC - 2 days ago@Budroar lol at your "truth"

Baylor didn't go 8-3 in the 2011 regular season but Bo Jackson's '85 Auburn, Rickey Williams' '98 Texas, Marcus Allen's '81 USC all did. I guess their Heismans were total bull shite too."

oleheat - 25 months ago
Who is Joe Thiesman to be lecturing this kid, anyway? IIRC, he did a few stupid things in his past, as well....
LCTFAN - 25 months ago

Way to go Joe, Johnny Football is going to flop in the NFL and is not a leader. May win games at college level but is a spoiled party animal.
Dr RC - 25 months ago
@Budroar lol at your "truth"

Baylor didn't go 8-3 in the 2011 regular season but Bo Jackson's '85 Auburn, Rickey Williams' '98 Texas, Marcus Allen's '81 USC all did. I guess their Heismans were total bull shite too.
Shingo - 25 months ago
Destroyed? Nah, how's the leg you old queen?
Budroar - 25 months ago
He cost the redskins a playoff game knowing he was injured and not removing himself from the game....along with that idiot shannhann...Cousins was more than capable...and the better QB at the time. PreMadonnas do what he did...not think'n of the team and winning.....almost cost him his career and don't think he'll have a long one! And was not deserving of the Heisman on an 8-3 Baylor Team! No hate here though...wish him well.... Just telling the truth
jdrn21 - 25 months ago
Dont be an ass. RG3 was a great player, leader, and person. he a done nothing to warrant your so called premadonna status.
Budroar - 25 months ago
RG 3 and Johnny M should have never won the Heisman! Its who espn favors...there were players who earn their due on 12-0 or 11-1 teams who deserved it more....Manziel is a is rg 111 ,Tim tebow etc.....Theisman's right on, but maybe O Johnny will see his ways and change...right!
Sig - 25 months ago
Theismann.. who gives a shite. Johnny keeps dominating on the field.
4th and 1 - 25 months ago
Theismann is just butthurt that Teo didn't win the Heisman.
agswin - 25 months ago
He had more to say but he had to run the bathroom.

billyjackag - 25 months ago
Joe Theisman
The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
Maroon Flash - 25 months ago
Maziel has two more years of eligibility after this one.
Tigersomething - 25 months ago
At least Johnny Manziel didn't change the pronunciation of his name so it rhymes with "Heisman".
LSUNO12010 - 25 months ago
Lot of spoiled young punks also!
Nguyening - 25 months ago
lot of sour sour old men here.
Nguyening - 25 months ago
lot of sour sour old men here.
DaveyDownerDawg - 25 months ago
tigergym - 25 months ago
Good for you Joe!!
You just saying what many, many
people will only think.
Couldn't have said it better
Chris Warner - 25 months ago
Someone send this to Emmert. Not that he would care.
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