Johnny Football passes torch to Famous Jameis

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 15, 2013 at 9:46 am •  Published: December 15, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Famous Jameis has replaced Johnny Football as the face of college football.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, last year's winner, finished fifth in the voting and seemed to enjoy a relaxing trip to Manhattan, playing the role of supporting actor to Winston's leading man.

Manziel was the first freshman to win the Heisman, and it helped turn him into one of the biggest celebrities in sports. Not all the attention he got after winning the award was good.

Winston is now the second freshman to win the Heisman. He has a chance to lead the top-ranked Seminoles to a national championship next month against No. 2 Auburn, though the entire story of his season has included an unsettling chapter.

In many ways, Manziel has been where Winston is headed.

"Life's going to change," Manziel said. "This is an extremely big deal."

Manziel basked in the spotlight after winning the Heisman and decided to live loud and large. His road trips made headlines. His tweets were analyzed. He got tossed from a frat party and overslept a meeting at the Manning Passing Academy. Real potential trouble came when the NCAA looked into whether he signed autographs for money. He got off with a half-game suspension.

"There's a lot of scrutiny if you don't walk a fine line," he said. "I was a little bit uncharacteristic, a little bit out of the box, and I caught some flak for it. Figured it out a little bit as the year went on and continued to live my life and learn as I went along. It was tough, but I had to do it."

Manziel's missteps seem quaint considering the allegations that Winston was facing.

Last month, a year-old sexual assault complaint against him became public, and the Tallahassee Police gave the dormant case to the state attorney's office for a full investigation.

A female Florida State student claimed Winston raped her. Winston's lawyer said the sex was consensual. The state attorney determined there was not enough evidence to charge Winston, announcing that decision four days before Heisman votes were due.



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