A lot has been made these past few days about a tweet sent by Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, saying “bulls*** like tonight is why I can’t wait to get out of College Station...whenever it may be.” He quickly deleted it, following up with "Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart but please, please walk a day in my shoes."
Needless to say, the media jumped on it like a pack of starving hyenas. I myself even received a call from 97.3 The Zone in Birmingham, AL wanting to talk about it. (Yes, they have phones and internet in Alabama. I even hear they’re equipping a few public buildings with indoor plumbing).
But really, does Manziel’s tweet mean anything at all? No, of course not! From what I can gather, Johnny got a parking ticket. Congratulations kid, you are now an official Aggie! If you’ve lived in B/CS or attended Texas A&M or Blinn for more than two years and never gotten a parking ticket, then you must not drive. The meter-maids here are relentless, like ghouls feasting on the souls of poor college students who can’t afford outrageous fines.
It’s hard to sympathize with Manziel on this. When Johnny Football puts “please, please walk a day in my shoes,” most people say, “alright, where do I sign up?!” Dude is a national celebrity at the ripe ol’ age of 20, and he’s surrounded by people (women) who would give their right arm to spend just a second with him.
But wait, that’s right… he’s ONLY 20! And like most 20-year-old college kids, he wants to have a good time… and yeah, I’ll say it, party. However, he’s got to realize that he’s held to a higher standard than the average college student. Where most people see a young man on spring break and say, “Ahh, he’s just a young kid having fun,” they look at Manziel and say, “that’s JFF! He shouldn’t be out partying, he should be at home, watching tape and icing down his arm!”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses for Manziel. He’s brought much of this attention on himself. He doesn’t shy away from the spotlight, and how he can gallivant around the country and go to every single NBA Finals game without taking a nap is beyond me. And you know what, if that’s what he wants to do, then more power to him. But, he has to know there will be backlash from the media, fans and “haters”. People love to find fault with celebrities, ESPECIALLY the media. Personally, I think Manziel’s best move would be to turn off the twitter. I know it’s an easy way for him to connect with fans, but it also brings a lot of undesirables along with it. Anyone can follow him, and anyone can see his posts and pictures. At least on Facebook you can block people. So, if you’re going to choose a social media, pick the lesser of the two evils.
As an Aggie, I don’t harbor any ill-will for Manziel's tweet. What person, at one point or another, hasn’t gotten frustrated with their current position and wanted to move on to greener pastures? However, I would tell Johnny to just enjoy the moment. It will be gone before you know it, and college in itself is a time you can never have back, parking tickets and all.
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