- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Chicago Bears linebacker turned Fox analyst Brian Urlacher shared his opinions Monday regarding Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who recently drew criticism for his behavior during the Aggies’ opener against Rice.
Suspended for the first half of that game for an NCAA violation for signing autographs, Manziel drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty against the Owls and was pulled out of the game in the fourth quarter by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.
Urlacher stopped short of calling Manziel a punk, but said he acted like one.
“I’m not saying he’s a punk, but he acted like a punk in that game,” Urlacher said. “Like his coach said, guys are going to come after him all season long. He’s the reigning Heisman winner. He’s making plays out there and running around, and running his mouth, obviously. But he’s going to have to learn to deal with that.”
Urlacher said that if he played against Manziel he would “try to definitely” make the quarterback lose his composure.
“You definitely want to get at him a little bit. If you get a chance to talk to him, especially after the way he reacted in the game on Saturday,” Urlacher said.
Despite the criticism, Urlacher said he’s “pulling for” Manziel and wants him to do well.
“He’s such a good football player,” Urlacher said. “You saw in the second half what he did, three touchdown passes and ran it pretty well. It’s just too bad he had to act like that.”