The “suffering” of Johnny Football is a sign of what is wrong with generations to come in the NFL. In a June USA TODAY Sports article by David Climer, he talks about the fatigue from listening to Johnny football complain. He uses the phrase “the Kardashian of college football” to describe Mr. Manziel. No, I’m not kidding.
Here are the facts:
- Johnny football was born in 1992, making him 20 years old. He’s part of the first generation to grow up with computers.
- He’s from Texas; born in Texas, went to high school in Texas, and stayed there for college. That seems pretty sheltered to me, but what do I know.
- He was the first freshman to ever win the Heisman.
- He won a bunch of other awards for his QB skills.
- He (and his team, but if you listen to the news it was all him) won the 2013 Cotton Bowl, defeating Oklahoma 41-13.
In a tweet, he said that an unnamed issue/event/activity “is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station…whenever it may be.” He followed that up by saying “Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.” He deleted that first idiotic tweet, but once it’s on the internet (and you have over 300,000 followers) it’s there forever. Especially if it’s as ignorant as his was.
More recently, Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy a day early. There’s conflicting information (shocking, I know), but tweets from various people (along with pictures) confirm that Manziel and AJ McCarron (Alabama QB) were both out partying Friday night. Manziel showed up to practice late Saturday (showing up after noon) and according to a statement given to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manziel had said he had been feeling ill for a few days, “Consequently, we [The Manning Passing Academy staff] agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early.” I would be feeling sick too if I had spent all night partying and at a Hookah bar (which is where tweets said he was). Check out this Deadspin article for all the latest updates on Mr. Manziel’s circus. But I digress.
Need another example? AJ McCarron and the Katherine Webb incident. AJ is the QB for the Alabama Crimson Tide, who were in the BCS National Championship this past January. For those of you who missed it, they embarrassed Notre Dame. BUT during the game, the TV crews kept flashing to family of players (as they usually do), but they got stuck and kept showing AJ’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb. It helps that Webb was the 2012 Miss Alabama and made it to the top 10 of the Miss USA Pageant. Needless to say, she’s beautiful, which is something that Brent Musburger pointed out, saying the was a “lovely lady,” “beautiful,” and then said to Kirk Herbstreit, “You quarterbacks get all the good-looking women.”
After that, Webb went viral. She gained over 170,000 new twitter followers, including Lebron James. The day after the game, “AJ McCarron girlfriend” had over 1 million Google searches. AJ started to get jealous of his girlfriend’s fame. He whined a lot.
Ok let’s think about this. Johnny Football is whining because life is hard. Yea it must suck for you really. Come talk to me when you have a real problem, not [hashtag] first world problems. Meanwhile, AJ’s girlfriend went on to be a “reporter” at the Super Bowl for Inside Edition, and appeared on the ABC reality show Splash. She’s also in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
These are the things that the college football players are complaining about: fame and social media. This is what I have to say to them: You made the choice, now deal with it. You chose to go to a top rated Division 1 college. You made the choice to be the best player you could be, which got you national recognition. You chose to date MISS ALABAMA, what the heck did you think would happen? Did you think we wouldn’t notice? Hold on, I need to do some deep breathing….
Ok, I’m better now. I’m not saying that people of power don’t deserve privacy, but with social media, everyone’s phone having a camera, news spreads faster than wildfire because of the internet, privacy is getting harder and harder to keep. This is especially true of famous people like athletes and movie stars. The times, they are a changing. During the Civil War (the American one in the 1860s, not one of the many football rivalries), there were still battles being fought after the surrender at Appomattox because it took a while for the news to get everywhere. Now, something happens, and in less then an hour it’s all over the internet. I understand this. A lot of people I know understand this. But there are a lot of people who lack the common sense to understand this new and changing world.
Everything you post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or whatever else kids are using these days, is there forever. Someone will have saved it. I’m not saying technology and progress and social media are bad. They serve their purpose. I’m saying that we need to be aware of it and deal with it accordingly. Oh, and stop being a whiny baby. If you’re famous, you have less privacy then normal people. That’s just how life works. It’s what you signed up for. Yea it sucks, but you could always become a shut-in and then we wouldn’t have to hear you complain and trust me, I would be ok with that because right now I have a headache from all the whining.