Is The Demise of Former College Football Star Johnny Manizel Near? [Op-Ed]

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Former Heisman winner, Johnny Manizel hasn’t panned out on the pro level for several reasons. While many pundits would label him as inept in terms digesting the game of football, others blame his off-the-field antics as a primary reason for his downfall. Drake’s affiliate and LeBron James’s former client is on the brink of watching his career collapse. Is there anything he can do to salvage his career?

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Johnny Needs to Leave Cleveland

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Since his arrival in 2014, Manizel has watched Cleveland go through severe drubbings and beatdowns on the field. All honesty, his past performances have been very pedestrian. At times, the man dubbed Johnny Football, sometimes left the football part at home on Sundays, because he was partying hard the night before. On many occasions, he struggled immensely against pro-level defenses.  While Johnny had flashes of brilliance, his bevy of escapades off the field derailed him from success. From his rehab stint to allegedly abusing his girlfriend, things haven’t looked good for Johnny from the get-go. His former head-coach, Mike Pettine, never fully supported him and he wasted all of his chances because of his stupidity. All JM needs is a fresh start and gateway out of Cleveland.

Learn & Shut Up

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Johnny, you’re 23-years-old. Granted, you’re still a young player. You’ve proven your abilities during your days at Texas A&M where you evaded tackles and proved to be a human joystick because of your slew of moves. Nobody can ever take away your accomplishments on the college level. But, if you want to survive on the pro-level, you will need to behave. Once you get released or traded from Cleveland — because let’s face it, it’s inevitable — you’ll be a back-up quarterback. The best thing you can do is learn and be prepared. Right now, no one sees you as a first string quarterback. They see a kid who is raw with potential.  The Mel Kipers, Merrill Hodges are gleefully smiling at your dismay. They are relishing this moment because they called it.  Nike wants to drop you. LeBron’s marketing agency just dropped you. Cleveland wants to get rid of you. If you care, if you have any sense of pride or competitiveness in you, you will not just simply take your shot at redemption; you’ll own it.

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