Johnny Manziel was larger-than-life as a college athlete at Texas A&M, as he was unstoppable both on and off the field. Manziel would lead his team to victory with his Herculean efforts and would later celebrate with a boozefest, which is where the real fun began for him.
Manziel went into Tuscaloosa, Alabama and defeated Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide as a freshman, which is a clam most freshman can't make. Manziel would eventually become the the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and the AP Player of the Year, which will happen when one throws for 3706 yards on 68 percent completion percentage, 26 passing touchdowns, 1410 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns.
More importantly, Manziel led A&M to a 11-2 record in his first year as a starter, which was a surprise to essentially everyone, as it was unclear how they'd fare in the SEC. Manziel's second season as a starter was also viewed as a success, as he threw for 4114 yards and 37 touchdowns, sporting a completion rate of 69.9 percent, while rushing for 759 yards and 9 touchdowns, although A&M went 9-4 in Johnny Football's second season as a starter.
But make no mistake, regardless of what happened on the field, Manziel was going to continue to be a rockstar off of it.
Rockets make bizarre appearance in Johnny Manziel documentary
The young signal-caller experienced rapid success, and would party and celebrity with the brighest stars, such as LeBron James, Justin Timberlake, and even Drake. Manziel's story was chronicled on Netflix's new special Untold; Johnny Football, which strangely featured a cameo by the Houston Rockets from Manziel's college days of hanging out with James Harden, who was new to the Rockets at the time.
Like Manziel, Harden has always been known to live large outside of the playing surface, becoming a cultural icon in the city of Houston, which many believe was the motivation for Harden's desired return to the Rockets in the 2023 offseason.
Manziel's Netflix special is worth watching, especially during this dead period of the NBA, as his rise and fall is chronicled by the man himself. And if you're a Rockets fan, you have a bit of added motivation to watch it, since the team was strangely included in the film.