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George: Manziel cares more about celebrity than football

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By GLENN MINNIS
XN Sports

Retired Pro Bowl running back Eddie George is blasting rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel as someone who seems to be "more wrapped up in being a celebrity than being in his playbook."

George's criticisms of Manziel come on the heels of news the Cleveland Browns recently drafted signal-caller spent his recent Memorial Day weekend partying in Las Vegas with notorious New England Patriots' party-boy Rob Gronkowski instead of trying to put himself ahead of the NFL curve by spending time mastering his team's offense.

"You can't be a franchise quarterback from Vegas," added George, long regarded as one of the hardest workers to ever play at the NFL level. "I'm sorry. He's more into celebrity than his craft."

It's not the first time the 21-year-old former Texas A&M star and Heisman Trophy winner has heard such whispers regarding his perceived commitment to the game. After the Memorial Day blistering he took on social media, Manziel responded by posting a photo of his Browns' playbook online, adding he finds there are enough hours in the day to both study his playbook and go out and have a good time.

Adding to all the drama, however, are reports Manziel somewhat struggled during team OTAs last week, throwing at least three interceptions during one practice, two of which were returned for touchdowns by teammates Donte Whitner and Joe Haden on what were described as "lame duck throws."

Selected No. 22 in the first-round by the Browns, Manziel is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer for the team's opening day starter's spot. At A&M, Manziel not only showed he could handle the pressure of being in charge of an offense, but excelled at it as few others ever have at the collegiate level.

Manziel averaged more than 3,900 passing yards over his two seasons in College Station to go along with an average of 32 passing touchdowns. Manziel also rushed for an average of more than 1,000 yards in each of those seasons and also scored 15 rushing TDs. Suring his 2012 Heisman winning season, he finished with 1,410 yards on the ground and 21 scores.

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rjen164497 June 09 2014 at 6:17 PM

Eddie George is a RACIST. If Manziel was Black, Eddie the big mouth would be praising him, like he does all Black players.

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arnold.smith2027 June 09 2014 at 5:58 PM

Time will tell and I agree with George.

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Glocks Mom June 09 2014 at 6:10 PM

I absolutely agree with George.

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mpetzak Glocks Mom June 09 2014 at 9:06 PM

Glocks Mom - As I said with arnold - I agree.

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billcdaly June 09 2014 at 6:17 PM

It's all about his ego.
Then again, most of these players have gotten a free pass on drugs, crime etc., since they could play ball. Their egos have been stroked since grammar school, it takes a man of character to change. Manziel doesn't have that character.

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jbaer10314 June 09 2014 at 6:59 PM

Aww--poor Eddie George, got shut out of all the hubbub when Manziel was drafted, so he shoves his opinion down everyone's throat a month later--and expects everyone to take his word as gospel truth. What a chump...

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Mongo jbaer10314 June 09 2014 at 8:42 PM

Eddie is a "never was"

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sharr4580 jbaer10314 June 10 2014 at 9:10 AM

That doesn't change the fact that Manziel is showing himself to be an egotistical, self serving jerk. His job right now is football, not Las Vegas.

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ringmasterigs June 09 2014 at 7:21 PM

I give Manziel maybe 2 years and then he will be a has been and a lower class backup quarterback at best.!!!!

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oceansblue888 June 09 2014 at 6:31 PM

i agree with Eddie completely, noticed it a long time ago

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johnniecjr June 09 2014 at 6:34 PM

I don't remember Eddie making a big splash in the NFL. He may have worked hard, but apparently not smart.

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clark June 09 2014 at 9:04 PM

kid is going to get creamed on opening day...party on Garth!!

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veterian74 June 09 2014 at 5:44 PM

Most NFL players want the celebrity fame, Johnny is no exeption!

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