Sunday, December 30, 2012

Johnny Manziel on the high cost of his new found celebrity status.

Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's life since winning the Heisman Trophy hasn't all been meeting NBA basketball players and presenting Megan Fox baby clothes on national television. There have been some drawbacks when it comes doing the simple things in life. Like going to the mall, for instance.

"I just went to go buy a video game and pick up a few things and I couldn't really do that," said Manziel. "I might have to go with a mustache sometimes or maybe a hoodie or something."

Then, of course, there's that always troublesome condition of being an athlete on Twitter.

"Before you could put pictures on Twitter and it's not a big deal," Manziel said. "Now you put a picture of a Christmas gift or a picture of you sitting at a game and you have NCAA violation this, illegal benefit that. It's something that people enjoy doing stuff like that. It's crazy to see how the microscope has come down on me."

The picture in question is probably one Manziel's sister posted of the sibling's Christmas presents - twin Rolex watches. The incident at the Heat-Mavericks game you already know about. The news that the Manziel family is somewhat well off hasn't quite become common knowledge, obviously.

Still, Manziel's ability to adapt to his new-found fame is going to be one of his biggest challenges for the next year or so. It's going to take a lot to make sure he stays grounded while trying to mature as a QB and prove his freshman season wasn't a fluke. 

(via Fox Sports Southwest)