CLEVELAND -- They were the two most talked about prospects entering the NFL draft -- quarterback Johnny Manziel because of his rock star persona, defensive end Michael Sam because he of his potential to become the first openly gay player in league history. Saturday night they met on the field before the game, and then twice during it, with Sam dropping his former college counterpart twice for sacks.
So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that when Sam sacked Manziel on Saturday night at an inconsequential point in an inconsequential game -- with just less than 11 minutes to play and the St. Louis leading 26-14 -- it produced more interest than a similar play at a similar moment in another game would produce. How Twitter survived it might make for an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries."
Sam added a second sack of Manziel on the final play of the game. “He’s a talented kid,” Sam said. “He isn’t called Johnny Football for nothing. It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game. I sacked him as both a junior and senior at Missouri.”
"The guy goes through a lot of stuff, so he gets heckled by everybody I’m sure, so he came up to me and said hello,” Manziel said of the pregame meeting. "It was a brief interaction. I thought he played pretty well.”