Hell, a picture of Manziel sipping on a beer in the green room started circulating soon after the Houston Texans took South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. It was clearly photoshopped. Which is fine. That's what the Internet does. And it was hilarious. He eventually was picked by the Cleveland Browns, a place known for its heartbreak and close calls.
This development may give Cleveland hope. The city now has a symbol in the post-LeBron James Era.
Which isn't exactly fair to Johnny Football, a persona created by the media, because we're starved for cheesy nicknames. When we see a talent one who hangs out with Drake and other celebrities the need is to keep that person confined to one attribute. Johnny Manziel is Johnny Football, but why?
If anything, the football culture has taken advantage of his straightforwardness. Manziel may be pulled in many different directions by many different people, but his play speaks for itself. He won a Heisman Trophy and put together some of the more memorable performances in college football history. He can huck it, and does it differently than most.
"I think I'm Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football is what I am in the media and what is out there," Manziel said in his introductory news conference Friday with the Browns. "I accept it, I'm very accepting of it, but at the same time, I know who I am. I'm Johnny Manziel from Kerrville, Texas. I don't let that get to me too much or let all that weigh me down or ever make me lose sleep at night."
Now he has to go to the Browns and figure out how to translate the moments of sheer insanity he produced while at Texas A&M to the bitter cold and bleak outlook that annually hangs over Cleveland.
I know I'll be trying to find a place to watch the Browns this fall. I hope No. 2 is out there doing Johnny Manziel things. Stuff that is in no need of a gratuitous photoshop.