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Barry Switzer: ‘I don’t like Johnny Manziel’s antics. I think he’s an arrogant little prick’


Fresh off his extensive and enlightening interview with Grantland published on Tuesday, football coaching legend Barry Switzer made an appearance on “The Morning After” show on CBS Sports 920AM in St. Louis.

As was the case in his interview with Richard Boadu –although many other interesting tidbits were discussed in the Grantland piece –the topic of Johnny Manziel came up during his radio show appearance.

While Switzer had a fair amount of praise tinged with criticism for Manziel in the Grantland interview, he came out with both barrels blazing when talking about Johnny Football.

Via College Spun:

But even though Switzer thinks Manziel is a prick, hell yes would he draft him.

The complimentary aspects of Switzer’s comments echo his high praise — while at the same time critical — opinions of Manziel as contained in the Grantland interview:

If you had to start a team with one player, who would it be?

Well, Peyton is at the twilight of his career … This might surprise you, but I think the most dynamic player…

I’ve seen Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. I’ve seen Oscar Robertson play live. I saw him against my college team as a sophomore for Cincinnati. With three minutes left to go in the game, my team had 54 points and Oscar had 56, so he’s outscoring my team. He’s the only player, and then Michael Jordan comes along, but [Robertson’s] the only player that can take control of a game and win a game by himself.

Well, let me tell you, Johnny Manziel is the first football player I’ve ever seen that can control the game like those guys did basketball. It’s unbelievable the numbers that he can put up against the competition game after game after game.

I don’t like some of his antics. I’m sure Kevin Sumlin didn’t either. That all aside, let me tell you, he is a great, great football player. And I predict he’ll be drafted within the first five picks if he’s not the first pick overall. I bet he’ll be no. 1 on a lot of people’s board.

This is not the first time Switzer has ripped Manziel, either. Speaking to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd about Texas A&M’s 52-31 Week 1 win over Rice back in September, Switzer tore Manziel a new one (via Eye on Football):

“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions,” Switzer said while on ESPN Radio. “For him to act so arrogant, I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him. Of course you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that. It’s the world we live in. It’s a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”

Johnny Manziel. The arrogant prick you love to hate. But still love, apparently. And like Jordan — who was notorious for acting like an arrogant prick due to his highly competitive nature that bordered on psychotic — said trait is uncoachable and oftentimes elevates athletes to greatness. Clearly, Switzer feels like Manziel is one of those athletes. Worth the baggage? You better believe it.