College try: Memo to the media, leave college athletse alone after school

06/03/14 by Rennie Detore

From Tim Tebow to Johnny "Football" Manziel, college football continue to give it the old, college try even in the midst of controversy on and off the field. Some of it is certainly deserved, especially while they're still in school.
But what about after graduation when they leave the football field at their respective universities and colleges and head for the bright lights of the NFL; does the media still get a say in what they do?
Take Manziel for example.

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Much like Tebow before him, Manziel is the poster boy for polarizing. He was shrouded by negative chatter for the way her carried himself as a college student and athlete. Manziel plays with plenty of heart, determination and desire, despite his less than ample and adequate frame for a quarterback (shorter than 6 feet tall and probably nowhere near 200 pounds).
But all of his on field leadership qualities paled in comparison to everything Manziel did off the field, at least if you ask the reporters who lauded him for his long touchdown passes and tore him down for just about everything else.
Manziel deserves his fair share of criticism, but that talk should have been tamed the second Manziel walked out of the doors at Texas A&M and set his sights toward the NFL and the draft. Manziel ended up being drafted much lower than expected, and that was the story of the NFL Draft.
At least for a few days.
Manziel is in Cleveland now, playing for the Browns franchise but the attention surrounding the former college football standout centered on his post NFL Draft vacation to Las Vegas. Reporters couldn't wait to blast the new Browns' quarterback for enjoying his newly found fortune and fame as an NFL ready player.
But why exactly is where Manziel chooses to celebrate news?
He's no longer in college, nor does he answer to the so called "rules" enforced by the arguably hypocritical and asinine governing body that is the NCAA. If Manziel wants paid for an autograph session while he's at Texas A&M, feel free to come at the quarterback with guns blazing.
But targeting the post college Manziel for going to Las Vegas is sad, unnecessary nitpicking on the part of those who truly envelop the phrase "slow news day." Any columnist, reporter or journalist is free to report on Manziel heading to Las Vegas; that point isn't arguably.
The idea of choosing that as a legitimate story leaves plenty to be desired, and feels more like something you'd read on a tabloid at the grocery store rather than a reputable news or feature story outlet.
Manziel seems like the type that knows exactly how to play the media, while sitting back and enjoying the fanfare. He also seems like he loves football, competition and success. That's what he'll chooose to focus on in the fall.
Let's hope those following his career do the same.

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