COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Uncut hip-hop tracks cascaded onto the field, well within earshot of a former U.S. president and first lady. Cameras whirred in a packed end zone. A standing room only audience crowded the boundaries for 100 yards on each side of the field. By the time a train whistle blared late into Johnny Manziel's pro day on Thursday, it was feasible that a Coors Lite commercial was about to smash through a practice field wall.
This is the theme park of Johnny Football. You won't leave without being thoroughly entertained.
"Johnny does things a little differently," Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said with a smile. "… They do things a little differently in Texas."
Smith meant that in the best possible sense. He enjoyed the spectacle of it, which wasn't so much grandiose as stylistic, with the flavor that Manziel brings everywhere he goes. As much as NFL coaches and personnel men were pleased with Manziel's football display, they spent almost as much time talkingRead More »from How Johnny Manziel's 'flair' changed pro day for future NFL quarterbacks