Oct 27, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners former linebacker Brian Bosworth prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Bosworth a “bigger jerk” than Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel got a lot of negative reactions from his on-field antics in their season opening win over Rice. Manziel was throwing up the “show me the money sign,” signing air autographs and talking trash a lot, which led to a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and resulted in him being bench.

While he looked like a jerk in that game, former NFL lineman Tony Casillas says that is nothing compared to Brian Bosworth, his ex-teammate at Oklahoma.

Bosworth “was a bigger jerk than Johnny Manziel,” Casillas said Thursday on his radio show on 107.7 The Franchise, The Oklahoman reported.

“I remember I played with Brian Bosworth and there was a lot of times that I really felt like there had been a situation where either an assistant coach or head coach could’ve filtered him because he was out of hand,” Casillas said. “… I look back and the guys like that, for me I think he was a bigger jerk than Johnny Manziel. I knew he was.”

Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, who coached Bosworth, didn’t appreciate the behavior but said that you used to be able to get away with it.

“I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him up, and of course you get fired for doing that,” Switzer said Wednesday on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “But in the old days, you could get away with it.”

Of course there is a double standard for quarterbacks and defensive players, who try to intimidate offensive players and get in their heads. Switzer defended despite kicking him off the team for wearing a shirt calling the NCAA the “National Communists Against Athletes” in the 1987 Orange Bowl.

“I didn’t know he was wearing the damn T-shirt during the ballgame,” Switzer said. “I’m watching the game. I went and got that TV tape, I called him and said, ‘Brian, I don’t care whether you go pro or not because your [butt] isn’t playing on this team next year.’ I kicked him off the team, at least publicly. I said, ‘You’re through.’ You might as well make your decision and release it right now that you’re not going to be here next year. You’re going to be in pro football and you’re not playing your senior year for your conduct on the sidelines. Then he comes back begging to me, ‘Please put me back on the team, I want some bargaining chips, to have an opportunity to deal with the [NFL draft].’”

Switzer relented and allowed Bosworth to rejoin the team.

“When I finally did see the sideline escapade he put on — that’s what put Brian in trouble,” Switzer said. “It wasn’t ever what he ever did on game day. His game-day play was great.”

Switzer’s defense of Bosworth centered around him being a good student and staying out of legal issues.

Tags: Johnny Manziel Oklahoma Sooners Texas A&m Texas A&M Aggies

  • straw walker

    One big difference Manziel has the potential to be a great NFL QB, while Bosworth was a joke.

    • unclealfie

      Remember, as once Yogi said, “all potential means is that you haven’t done shit yet”.


    I remember the Boz…Mohawk hair cut either green or yellow color…his physique was unquestionable but he got hurt early in his career and was just a big Flop in the NFL, possibly bigger than even Tony Mandarich, offensive tackle drafted by the Packers back in 91 I believe, was cut the following year. The scuttlebutt was that Tony was using…

    • eYeDEF

      The physique was a result of being a roidhead.

    • sonjalillie

      My husband & I had Seahawks season tickets at the time and the price went up 50% to pay his contract, so we hated the blowhard

  • Tom

    I could not believe it when I saw this Loser on our Sidelines, After his book and almost single handedly putting us on Probation there is NO place for Boz around the University of Oklahoma. He is a reminder of every bad thing that ever happened there during the last days of Switzer’s run at OU. Nobody was happier to see him crash and burn in the NFL.

  • steve

    brian who…….?,……oh that dude that bo jackson ran-over……?!

  • Al

    Say what you want about Boz…all of us can change. I actually emailed him to discuss shoulder replacement surgery (which is new and a very difficult procedure) of which he has had both replaced. He did not know me from Adams house cat but was gracious enough to return and discuss the pros and cons with me. Also if you will look a little deeper you will see that he has made significant changes in his life. So lets not condemn a person until you have walked in his shoes. Great college football player…pro career played full of injury. Try playing football when you can’t even left your arm to change a light bulb. Brian continue to witness on GOD’s behalf and I wish all the continue success you deserve.

    • Tonyw1966

      I agree, people can change. I certainly did. I went from a total addict to totally clean and became a much better person for it. I believe much of his antics when he was younger was due to steroids. I have seen what they do to people, make them act like jerks. Life is a lesson and hopefully he has learned his. One can’t appreciate the top of the world fully unless they have experienced the bottom of the pit.

  • NofDen

    Maybe Boz knew his body wasn’t going to last in the Pro’s. It seemed like he was selling negative and postive T-shirts about himself while he was still playing in the pros?

  • Tonyw1966

    The best memory I have of Brian “if I only had a brain” Bosworth was of Bo Jackson running over him like a freight train. Bosworth could get away with steroids in college, not so much in the N.F.L. Now I can’t wait for Manziel to play. Wait until he mouths off to a professional defense. He will be pulling turf out of his face mask. I understand football at the high level is a game of minds as well as muscle and talent, and getting into a guy’s head is part of the game. But, Manziel acting as if he is the next Favre before he even gets out of college is way out of line. He isn’t even the best college player.

  • brian199511

    I was at the game in the Kingdome where Bosworth got ran over by Bo. Seated above that end zone actually. You could tell the guy was hurt before that play. He is probably the last NFL player to sign a contract without a physical. He and his agent, who I have talked to via telephone, scammed everyone. Guess you can’t blame them in the cesspool of BS that is the NFL. (A nonprofit, please???!!!)