Titans DE: Johnny Manziel doesn’t deserve ‘Johnny Football’ moniker
With the announcement that Johnny Manziel will get the nod to start under center for the Cleveland Browns Sunday with Josh McCown being unable to go because of concussion symptoms, don’t expect Jurrell Casey to be awed by the signal-caller’s aura when the Tennessee Titans visit FirstEnergy Stadium.
In fact, the defensive lineman said before Friday’s announcement that Manziel has done virtually nothing to earn the “Johnny Football” moniker given to him in college, at least at the NFL level.
When asked if the prospect of facing a high-profile player like Manziel can give a team added motivation, Casey indicated not so much.
“Honestly, not really,” Casey said, via Eye on Football. “That’s more so what the media likes to hype on. You’ve got to earn your respect in this league. As of right now, he really hasn’t done too much to really go out there and call him Johnny Football. He’s Johnny Manziel to me. We’ve got to out there and put a hat on him as much as possible.”
Casey obviously is correct in his assertion that Manziel has done little at the professional level to earn the “Johnny Football” moniker. But it warrants pointing out it’s not like he gave himself the nickname, as it was placed upon him long before he even became a showboating superstar with the Texas A&M Aggies.
Further, Manziel, as he attempted to rehabilitate himself and his image this past offseason, said he was retiring the “Johnny Football” persona along with all the bravado and attitude that came along with it, including his infamous “money” gesture.
Manziel obviously deserves a lot of criticism that is sent his way, but whether or not fans and the media continue to refer to him as “Johnny Fooball” is beyond his control.