It has recently come to the attention of many that the Texas A&M Heisman winner & redshirt freshman phenom, Johnny “Football” Manziel, has not physically been in any classes this semester. Apparently Manziel was not comfortable with all of the attention and praise he was receiving as a part of everyday life on campus. His current schedule consists of four online classes in sports management. Asked why the switch to online courses? He reportedly didn’t appreciate constantly being stopped and asked for pictures and autographs from fellow students, teachers, and college staff. This escalated to the point where he felt he could not walk to class without security surrounding him. The man, evident from the pictures below, is a bonafide celebrity. And I personally have no problem with a star of his magnitude deciding the limelight is too much and asking to take a step out of it, that kind of heavy scrutiny can weigh heavy on anyone. But I do have a problem with the fact that he allegedly garnered nearly $37 million for his school through his athletic prowess and efforts on the field and is still expected to be called a “student athlete” the term is outdated and laughable in the eyes of sports fans today. I for one am just waiting for the day that these athletes start getting a slice of the pie and publicity they bring their universities.
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Pictures used courtesy of: collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com (heisman), sportsillustrated.cnn.com (running), www.bloguin.com (harden), thatsenuff.com (rick ross), thatsenuff.com (chris paul), www.deuceofdavenport.com (wale)