The off-the-field popularity and notoriety that Johnny Manziel is bringing to the NFL has been matched by few throughout history. One of the men that could give him a run for his money in that department, though, is former New York Jets legend Joe Namath, who as you would expect, completely sides with Manziel.
During an interview Monday on NFL Total Access, Namath went out of his way to delve into one of the most scrutinized players in sports.
“What difference does it make, really?” Namath said when asked if Manziel’s criticism has been warranted. “And it is an example of the different eras and time. I do know this about Johnny Manziel: I haven’t seen anyone perform any better than Johnny the last two seasons on that football field.
“And I do know that we love entertainment. Football is a sport, but it is show biz. It is entertainment. And Johnny — he’s gotta live his life, man. … . I’ve been to Vegas, you guys have probably been to Vegas. Give the man a little bit of room. But, in his position, he’s not entitled to be a regular guy, 22 years old, 21 years old. Everything’s blowing out of whack.
“I’d love him on my team, let me just say that.”
A lot of people have opinions on Manziel and some just aren’t warranted, but the comments carry a little more weight from someone like Namath who has earned the right to discuss the new Browns quarterback.