Emmitt Smith: Manziel will have short career if he continues party life
Johnny Manziel is still learning and adjusting to being a professional football player.
Dallas Cowboys legendary running back and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith says the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback will learn one important lesson about living a celebrity lifestyle in the NFL.
"That lifestyle is going to be a short lifestyle — a short career lifestyle — if he continues that," said Smith on KRLD-FM on Tuesday. "As we used to say, you can’t keep burning the candle at both ends of the stick. The candle gets small fairly quick. So, Johnny is going to have to figure it out."
Manziel wasn’t shy on social media about going to parties and high-profile events during his time at Texas A&M. And he hasn’t shown he’s ready to give up the college life despite leaving after his redshirt sophomore season.
Since the NFL Draft, Manziel has been seen back to his old ways, poolside in Las Vegas, Austin, and enjoying life across the country.
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"Hopefully he’s not doing anything to hurt himself outside of drinking, which is going to harm his body and harm his performance anyway," Smith said. "But at the end of the day, he’s going to have to learn to manage those things.
"Johnny’s going to have to make a decision in terms of who he wants to be and how he wants to take this platform that he’s been blessed to have to the highest level and maximize his true potential in every aspect of his life."
With his rookie contract signed and minicamp behind him, don’t be surprised to see Manziel enjoying the rest of the summer.
"Johnny is young. I was young and dumb myself at one point in time," Smith said. "But maturity itself, and maturing as a professional athlete, is something that is required of every pro football player. I think right now Johnny Manziel is going to get a glimpse of what negative press can do for you. A lot of people think negative press is good press — or any press is good press. It’s not."