Earlier in the week, former Cleveland Browns first-round pick Brady Quinn weighed in with some advice for Johnny Manziel. Now, current teammate and fan favorite Joe Haden is offering up some opinions on how Manziel should live his life.
Haden told Cleveland radio station WKNR-AM on Friday that he thinks “…Johnny needs to maybe check his friends a little bit,” Haden said, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabbot. “Everybody’s going to go out, everybody’s going to have a good time. But you’ve got to make sure when you’re with your people it just doesn’t get out.”
“You need to have a phone valet. Tell your friends ‘put your phones away.’ We’re going to go out and have a good time and just don’t record what you’re doing.”
While Haden’s advice makes a lot of sense, it’s not realistic. Haden is a star on the Browns, but he’ll probably never realize the star power Manziel possesses.
For Manziel, anonymity went out the door the day he beat Alabama as a red-shirt freshman. That’s when the nation became consumed with Johnny Football. The country will continue to care about the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, unless Cleveland’s endless graveyard of quarterbacks eats up another promising prospect.
Camera phones aren’t going anywhere, which means Manziel will be monitored every time he takes a step out in public. Friends may put their phones away, but the public, looking for their next big post to Instagram, won’t hesitate to put a phone in Manziel’s face.
Haden’s concern is understandable and he obviously meant well. He just signed a big contract extension and wants some stability when it comes to the future of the franchise.
But maybe worrying about Manziel’s partying lifestyle is something that’s only good for filling up time on sports radio.
Think about it, when Manziel was in Cleveland during rookie camp, OTA’s and mini camp, how often was he seen around town? Besides a team function at an Indians’ game, there wasn’t a reported sighting.
All this advice and the Browns are still more than two months from playing a down. Manziel Mania continues.