Johnny Manziel’s legend of becoming “Johnny Football” took shape during his time at Texas A&M, where he helped revive the program by winning a Heisman Trophy after tearing up the highlight reels every week.
One of the people who helped create the whole image was Manziel’s then head coach, Kevin Sumlin, who always supported his former quarterback and defended him during all the bullshit the kid was getting himself into.
As it turns out, though, it doesn’t appear the two are all that close, as Sumlin described during his visit to the Paul Finebaum Show this afternoon, telling the host this about what he said to Johnny during former fellow Aggie Mike Evans’ recent wedding:
“We’ve reached out to him and I haven’t gotten a response yet,” Sumlin said. “What we want is for him to be at peace and be safe. That has nothing to do with football and has everything to do with his life.
“That was my message to him (at the wedding). That’s the only thing we really care about right now. Where he is as a person is more important than football or anything like that.”
It sounds like great advice, so Manziel would be wise to listen to the former head coach of his—even if that means changing up his partying ways and dropping the whole JFF thing.