About 10 months ago, Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel put on a dazzling performance in an upset win over the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. He went on to win the Heisman trophy and became the most popular college football player in the world.
According to E-Score, who “surveyed 1,100 persons with general representation across income, age, education and geographic demographics to represent a cross-section of the U.S. population,” that is no longer the case.
In a survey completed this week, only 49 percent of respondents indicated they found Manziel appealing, significantly lower than the 87 percent average for the 1,400 athletes tracked. Data from a survey conducted in January 2013, just after Manziel’s Heisman win, shows 97 percent of respondents found him appealing. While Manziel suffered a decrease in appeal of 50 percent during the past 8 months, the survey also showed his awareness went up 67 percent during the same time period.
When asked to choose from a list of attributes describing Manziel, respondents selected rude, 27 percent; overexposed, 43 percent; and insincere, 19 percent. These numbers increased dramatically from the prior survey, which showed the number of respondents selecting those attributes as being significantly lower (rude, 2 percent; overexposed, 5 percent; insincere, 5 percent).
With all of the trouble Manziel ran into int he offseason, this should come as no surprise.
Manziel, who is having another fantastic season (he has 15 total touchdowns in just over three games), will next be in action when the Aggies travel to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks Saturday night.