Monday, July 21, 2014
Favre to Manziel: It's about the team
By Pat McManamon
Johnny Manziel's stock continues to soar.
The NFL announced Monday that Manziel jerseys outsold all others for sales from April 1 through July 17.
Imagine when the Cleveland Browns rookie completes a pass.
Meanwhile, another former NFL great weighed in with thoughts on Manziel.
This time it was Brett Favre's turn to answer a question, as the former Packers, Jets and Vikings great told ESPN 1000 in Chicago that Manziel is “a superb talent” who is “fun to watch” but also must understand it’s now about the team.
"It’s not about him,” Favre said, stressing he does not know Manziel. “It has been about him, and rightfully so. He’s been fun to watch and won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. My goodness, the spotlight is on you.
“But you have to try to deflect that as much as possible and just be team player. I’m not saying he isn’t; again I don’t know him.
“But there’s a lot of excitement around Cleveland right now, and what he is capable of doing. I would just say do all you can to make that team better, and again, it’s all about the team.”
In a nutshell, these statements and the jersey sales illustrate what Mike Pettine will deal with in his first training camp with the Browns.
A guy drafted in the first round who has had it be all about him in college now must make it about the team -- while his jersey is the most popular one in the NFL.