Johnny Manziel is the most polarizing NFL player since Tim Tebow. You either love the Cleveland Browns quarterback or you love to hate him and there is no in between. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers falls in the camp of loving the 2012 Heisman winner and former Texas A&M star and has no problem with how he lives his life off the field.
“His talent speaks for itself, but you know what, I think he has kept the right attitude through all of this,” Rodgers tells ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky. “He’s a young guy doing what young guys do, and he’s enjoying life. He’s had some opportunities to do some pretty cool things — sitting courtside at games and whatnot — but he can’t control the people taking pictures of him. He can’t control the people wanting to be around him. He can control where he’s at, and I’m sure he learned a little more about some of the reaction he’s going to get when he does go to Vegas or whatnot.
Manziel drew the ire of many members in the media and fans in general for taking a trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. Former NFL players from NFL Network’s Heath Evans to fellow Heisman winner Eddie George chastised Manziel for not being a team player and not showing the dedication required to be a franchise quarterback.
However, the former NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion had no qualms with Manziel enjoying his life while on a vacation.
“But he’s on his off time. He’s on a weekend in Vegas when he doesn’t have to be at the facility. He should feel comfortable doing exactly what he wants to do, and I don’t think he’s done anything wrong.”
“I think there’s different ways of doing it. Johnny looks like he feels real comfortable living his life and dealing with what comes, and he should. He’s a young guy doing young-guy stuff.”
Despite the endorsement from Rodgers, the criticism and second-guessing will continue to follow Manziel around as it feels many are just waiting for him to fall flat on his face.