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Johnny Manziel reportedly exchanged text messages with Tom Brady ahead of combine


While the two quarterbacks have drastically different styles of playing on the field and distinctly dissimilar approaches to life off of it, Johnny Manziel’s throwing coach says his pupil and Tom Brady enjoyed a pleasant text message exchange after Johnny Football sought out the New England Patriots signal-caller ahead of his appearance at the NFL scouting combine.

George Whitfield, who is working with Manziel ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, reports that Brady suggested that the young quarterback “ignore the noise,” a phrase apparently popular around Patriots headquarters among the players, according to a Boston Herald report.

Brady reportedly also told Manziel to do his best to enjoy the experience, from the combine to the draft and then entering the next stage of his football career.

Manziel couldn’t have reached out to a better quarterback in order to glean advice about how to approach the upcoming months, although Manziel enters the draft as a possible No. 1 overall pick while Brady was a mostly unheralded, nondescript player coming out of Michigan who produced this now-legendary photo at the combine in 2000.


Heh. Never gets old. Of course, Brady got the last laugh, getting drafted as the 199th pick in the sixth round by the Patriots. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Manziel, meanwhile, will be expected to produce instantly, unlike Brady. But he appears to be confident — overconfident even — about the prospects of him succeeding at the NFL level. He stated last week that if he’s drafted by the Cleveland Browns, he’ll lead the long-suffering team to its first Super Bowl title.

But that scenario only would play out if the Houston Texans pass on Manziel with the No. 1 overall pick and a subsequent draft day side, something that would, as Manziel eloquently and colorfully put it,  would turn “that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.”


(image via CBS Sports)