Johnny Manziel Has Been Compared To Brett Favre, And Even Favre Can See WhyBy: Tobias Roth - February 19, 2014
Johnny Manziel has been continually praised throughout his college career for the way in which he is able to pass and run effectively as a quarterback. As a star for Texas A&M, he impressed fans as one of the best passers in the league, while also leading his team in rushing.
He is one of the best, if not the best college player in this class, as he prepares to head into the 2014 NFL draft, and has even been compared to Brett Favre. Favre recently took notice of this comparison, and was able to give his take on the situation.
Through a recent interview with USA Today, Brett Favre revealed that he also felt that the play of Johnny Manziel was reminiscent of his early days. As with Manziel, Favre had a strong arm, and was able to run, utilizing a skill that many quarterbacks have not been able to master.
Johnny Football was impressive for Favre to watch, and speaking on a particular game that he had seen, the former NFL star said “I almost thought I was watching film of a young Brett Favre. I didn’t think I did a lot of things well (in college at Southern Miss), but he did. And and I liked the attitude of ‘whatever it takes’ — from that standpoint, I liked him.”
Johnny Manziel will be one of the key players to keep an eye on in the draft, in addition to the upcoming NFL scouting combine, which is taking place this week. However, he doesn’t plan to throw for scouts and personnel executives until March 27th.
He had great success in college, and has almost gained a celebrity status with his nickname of “Johnny Football,” along with the way that he has attracted such a large amount of fans, especially as a college player. Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last season, and while he made it to the final six this year, it was Jameis Wisnton who ended up winning the award.
With a 6’0, 210 pound figure, he is also small for a quarterback. He has significant similarities to Russell Wilson in terms of their build, and playing style, and the young player has also credited Wilson, a recent Super Bowl winner, for giving shorter quarterbacks a chance in the NFL.
After an outstanding career with the Texas A&M Aggies, Johnny Manziel is ready to transition into the NFL. The two most likely destinations for him to end up seem to be with the Houston Texans or the Cleveland Browns. Who should get him? Is he able to become a star in the NFL in the same way that Russell Wilson has?
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