Johnny Football gets advice from Brady

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick drew the biggest crowd among coaches and executives Thursday.

That crowd seemed puny when measured against the reporters that took in Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel's press conference Friday. The sea of media trumped the crowd for Manti Te'o's press conference last year, which some remembered as the largest crowd for a player in combine history.

Manziel is a man in demand these days, and it turns out he's relied on Tom Brady for advice during the pre-draft process.

"For him to reach back out to me after I sent a text message to him was extremely cool," Manziel said of their communication. "[It was] kind of a really funny conversation at first, [then we] worked our way into a more serious conversation.

"But it was really nice," he continued. "I'm very thankful for him to be able to extend a hand out to me in the situation that I'm in."

Manziel noted that Brady's biggest advice was to simply enjoy the process. He also passed along a funny exchange between the two quarterbacks.

He said that Brady once joked, "If I teach him to run like I can, he'll do anything in the world for me. It was pretty funny coming from him."

Brady, never fleet of foot, ran a 5.28 forty back at the 2000 combine.

Manziel is expected to run, well, much faster than that.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.



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