We all know the infamous story about Peyton Manning and what he said to the Indianapolis Colts before they drafted him. Something about how if they didn’t take him, he’d kick their butt for 15 years.
16 years later, that same gauntlet is being thrown down by Johnny Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner and number one overall pick candidate for the Houston Texans. Speaking to the Houston Chronicle, Manziel says he doesn’t want the Texans’ choice to pick him number one overall be something they are unsure of.
“I want them to say absolutely, without a doubt, with 100 percent certainty, that I’m who they want,” Manziel said.
“I want everybody from the janitor at Reliant Stadium to the front office executive assistant all the way up to (owner) Bob McNair to say, ‘This kid is 100 percent, can’t miss. This is who we want being the face of our program. We want the Texas kid staying in Texas and leading the Texans.'”
So what if the Texans pass on Manziel at number one overall?
“It would be the worst decision they’ve ever made,” he says, smiling. “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.”
So not only does Manziel make known his desire to be drafted number one overall, but he also says if he doesn’t go number one he’s going to go number three overall to Jacksonville to play the Texans twice a year. Either that or fall all the way to the Titans at pick number 11.
You have to love the competitive drive of Manziel, who obviously wants to be the number one overall pick and says it’s been a dream of his. He also looks at the success of a shorter quarterback in Russell Wilson and says that he wants to be the first rookie quarterback to win the Super Bowl.
He also said in that interview that if he were drafted by the Browns, he would be completely fine with it and would ‘be the guy that brought them to the Super Bowl.’
Manziel is easily one of my favorite players in the draft. I love his personality and despite the off-field concerns, I think this is arguably the most determined and hardest working player in the draft.
And he’s right about being a fit with the Texans. He would fit in great there. The Texans have some good pices defense and obviously weapons offensively. If they can stay healthy, this is a team that could legitimately contend in the AFC South.
Whether or not Manziel will be helping them remains to be seen, but it’s hard to think Houston would pass on this kid at their biggest position of need.