ARLINGTON, Texas — Johnny Manziel went on Leno, struck a pose with James Harden, took pictures with LeBron James and played golf with the Jonas brothers.
Ah, the life of the Heisman Trophy winner.
The Texas A&M quarterback has been on quite a ride since winning the little bronze statue, making more appearances than a Hollywood starlet.
“It's been fun,” he said. “It's something I never thought I'd get a chance to do.”
Before you get too excited, Sooner fans, I've got some bad news for you. As much as you might hope this craziness will affect his performance in the Cotton Bowl against the Sooners, it won't.
Granted, there have been plenty of Heisman winners who've struggled after winning the award. Since the turn of the century, just five Heisman winners have been bowl winners. Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III were the only ones to triumph in the bowl that followed their strike-a-pose moment.
Among those who fell victim to the curse?
Chris Weinke, Jason White and Sam Bradford.
The theory goes that Heisman winners are pulled in so many directions after the ceremony that their focus and their preparation suffer.
Looking at Manziel's schedule the past few weeks, and it's easy to see how that could happen.
In the days after the Heisman ceremony, he went on the talk show circuit. Highlights included reading David Letterman's Top Ten and going on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
A week or so later, he attended a Rockets game in Houston and was invited into the locker room afterward. He hammed it up with The Beard, both striking the Heisman pose for the camera.
Then came a Mavericks game and a meet-and-greet with LeBron, a Cowboys game with some sweet seats and a golf outing with two of the three Jonas Brothers.
Some of it has raised eyebrows — and NCAA suspicions. But everything has checked out. No rules violations here.
“I didn't do anything wrong,” Manziel said. “I did the same thing I've always done for years. I've been going to football games, been going to basketball games.
“Now ... people care. People didn't notice me before. Now, they seem me there and act like this is the first time I've done this. But in reality, I've been doing it for a while.”
Manziel has been trying to take it all of this in stride, but he admits that everything that's happened has been a bit hard to comprehend.
“It's different for me to know things won't ever be the same,” he said. “I can say that, ‘Oh, it's gonna be normal. It's gonna be how it used to be,' but it's not.”
But for all that's changed for Manziel off the field, little has changed on it.
For starters, he has missed only one practice because of Heisman-related craziness. He has been in the meetings. He has watched the film. He has taken the reps.
That will help him avoid a post-Heisman swoon.
So will his style.
His game is not predicated on being in rhythm. He is such a non-traditional, dual-threat quarterback that he doesn't have to settle into a grove to be effective. He can take off, make a move, juke a defender and totally change the complexion of a game.
His excellence is based in his unpredictability.
Who knows, Manziel might actually thrive amid all this Heisman madness.
The Beard, the King and the Jonas Brothers won't help him beat the Sooners, but they won't hurt him either.
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