Jim Darnell has confirmed news reports that Johnny “Football” Manziel will make the leap from Texas A&M University quarterback to the National Football League. Darnell represented the ball player in his battles with the National Collegiate Athletic Association last year. Said Darnell, an El Paso criminal-defense lawyer, about Manziel’s move to the NFL, “I knew about it, but I don’t know a whole lot more to say about that.”
Darnell’s not worried in the least about his client—whose tweets and late-night adventures led to some unflattering media coverage in his two years as A&M’s star player and Heisman Trophy winner—in the big league.
“I think, over the last football season, his maturity has showed itself to the world. I think the world saw just how mature Johnny was when he led on the comeback victory at the Chick-fil-A Bowl,” helping his team beat Duke University, 52 to 48.
All types of football fans have found interest in Manziel’s plans, including Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, who tweeted about it.
-- Miriam Rozen