Manziel turning negative attention into positive

The biggest, meanest tacklers in the SEC couldn’t get to Johnny Manziel last season, but sometimes his own popularity can.

That’s what the Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner told NBCDFW5 at a charity golf tournament Monday in Plano.

Despite all the good that’s come from his celebrity, Manziel said the negative attention he’s received does affect him.

“Sometimes it’ll get to me,” Manziel said in a transcription by, The Dallas Morning News website. “But I just try to push as much of this positive stuff to the forefront and try to get out there as much as possible because I try to do some good things with the position I’m in.”

One of those good things is the golf tournament he was participating in, which benefitted the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Manziel also signed autographs for the event’s auction, which helped raise $100,000.

Manziel said all the attention brought on him since winning the Heisman does have a positive side.

“It’s been crazy,” Manziel said. “It’s been a blessing for sure since that day so I’m trying to come out here and do some good and really raise some awareness for TeamConnor and childhood cancer research. … Just to bring as much awareness to this and TeamConnor and what they stand for and what they do is really awesome.”

Soon, Manziel will have to put down the golf clubs and start throwing footballs again. Expectations for himself and the Aggies have changed considerably in a year.

“I don’t think we’re really looking at expectations or whatever other people are saying,” Manziel said. “We’re just going to go out and try to handle it the same way we did last year, and just go out and play football and everything will take care of itself.”

Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire