In what has to be one of the all time great troll jobs ever in fixing a vote, Johnny Manziel was chosen in a poll as the greatest football player in the SEC of the past 50 years.
A legitimate newspaper, The Tennessean, wanted to determine who was the SEC’s best over the past half-century so they started a bracket of 64 players with the fans voting on each round.
It all started out reasonably enough with Manziel defeating Derrick Henry in the first round 51.5 percent to 48.5.
Then in round two JFF squared off against the ole ball coach Steve Spurrier and snagged a 55.7 percent to 44.3 win. That one we can understand due to perhaps people having short memories.
However, in round three things started to get a little hinky as Manziel beat NFL Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood 67.9 percent to 32.1.
Then it officially went off the rails in the next two rounds with Manziel beating Reggie White 67.6 percent to 32.3 and then Herschel Walker 75.8 percent to 24.2.
This meant that the former A&M QB had made it all the way to the finals to square off against none other than one of the greatest football players ever, Bo Jackson.
Manziel’s margin of victory? 95.3 percent to 4.7.
So in addition to defeating Henry, Spurrier, Youngblood, White and Jackson, the people who voted think JFF is also better than Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Joe Namath, Eli Manning, Champ Bailey, Derrick Thomas, Archie Manning, and yes, even future MLB All-Star Tim Tebow.
So either SEC fans have lost their damn minds, or someone, actually a WHOLE LOT of someone’s thought that naming Manziel the greatest SEC of the past 50 years would be funny. And you know what? They’re right. It sure as hell is.
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