They say football is a team game, and that’s true. However, the life and times of Johnny Manziel has become a one-man, three-ring circus. Everyone wants to watch, and now everyone will be able to.
When the reigning Heisman Trophy winner’s Texas A&M Aggies play host to the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, there will be a camera designated only for Manziel. That’s right, no matter what is happening with the game itself, and with the other 21 players on the field or coaches on the sidelines, there will always be a camera on Johnny.
“No matter where he is and no matter what part of the game it is, we will have a shot of it. If he is anywhere in sight of that camera, we will catch it,” states Craig Silver, coordinating producer of college football for CBS Sports, per Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
Looks like Johnny Football just became “Johnny Cam” for the weekend.
That being said, even Silver understands when enough is enough. We will all have seen plenty of Manziel in the days and hours leading up to kickoff. Most fans will just be hoping to watch a great game.
“By the time we get to kickoff, this thing will have been talked about ad nauseam throughout the sports world. We are not judge and jury. It is not our place, especially within the body of the broadcast, to state whether he should or should not be playing, should have been suspended or should not have been suspended. The way I approach it is how has all this stuff affected him as a football player and affected his team.”
So far, whatever issues Manziel has faced off the field have not affected him on it. In three halves of football (he was suspended for the first against Rice), Johnny Football has completed 70-percent of his passes for 520 yards, six touchdowns and only one interception. He also has 55 rushing yards on 13 carries with another score.
Whether or not he continues to put up big numbers against one of the nation’s top defensive units remains to be seen. However, no matter what, all eyes are guaranteed to be right on him.
[H/T: Bleacher Report]