Joe Montana is one of the legendary quarterbacks of the NFL, so when he offers advice to a young QB, that young QB would do well to listen. Especially if that young QB is a seemingly wayward individual like Johnny Manziel.
Montana recently weighed in on the on-going Manziel saga and offered up some advice that was once imparted to him by Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh (via ESPNCleveland):
I think the biggest thing is, ‘Hey you’ve made it to where you want to be. Everybody wants to have fun up there. But unfortunately, you’re in a fish bowl even more so than he was in college.
I always go back to an old saying Bill Walsh told me after we won our first Super Bowl. I was going everywhere, trying to do everything. He called me in and said, “I just want to tell you one thing. I understand what you’re doing. We may never get back to another Super Bowl. But just remember this, the less people see you, the more they want to see you.”
So basically he was saying it’s okay to do some things, but try to cut it back, but don’t forget about football because that’s got where you to where you are and that’s what’s going to keep you there. You got to make sure you spend the time on football as much as getting out and about.
Actually Joe, I think what Walsh was saying was an old variation on the show biz mantra “Leave them wanting more.” But your point is well-taken. Don’t forget about football, because football is the reason you are getting invited to all the parties in the first place.
Joe Montana is practically overflowing with wisdom. He should uncle-adopt Johnny Manziel.