I kinda, sorta knew Johnny Manziel was a big deal. I didn’t realize he’s this big a deal, though.
By one measure — sheer numbers — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel steps onto the podium Wednesday morning at SEC Media Days as the biggest celebrity college football has ever seen. Ever.
He has played one season, beaten one No. 1 Alabama, and won one Heisman Trophy. Yet you can make the case that no college player in the history of the game — not Red Grange, not Archie Griffin, not Tim Tebow, not anyone — has bathed in the heat of the American spotlight the way that Manziel has.
Maisel bases this on Tweeter followers, which I think is a little silly. But it’s hard to argue that Johnny Football isn’t sucking most of the media’s oxygen out of the room these days. I expect ESPN (PAWWWWWL!) will be falling all over itself with Manziel coverage at SEC Media Days.
But still, bigger than Tebow? Anybody else feeling that?