Danielson: Johnny Manziel is a ‘renegade’

CBS analyst Gary Danielson had interesting things to say about Johnny Manziel this week.

Johnny Pinata has a Sharpie in his right hand and some cash in his left. (Otey's Tavern's Facebook page)

Johnny Pinata has a Sharpie in his right hand and some cash in his left. (Otey's Tavern's Facebook page)

Danielson and Verne Lundquist were in the booth for Texas A&M’s win over Alabama last year and will be there again Saturday, when the Crimson Tide and Aggies meet in the Game of the Season.

Here’s what Danielson said about Manziel on a conference call earlier this week:

“You can’t take your eyes off him on when he’s on the field. Much like a Joe Namath or a Magic Johnson, he seems to command your attention during the game. I came into this when (Tim) Tebow came into the league as a freshman. With Tebow, he was polarizing the opposite way. He was polarizing in an interesting way. He was too good to be true, too good of a teammate. People just couldn’t believe that this could be real.

“None of this matters if (Manziel) can’t play. He’s Dennis Rodman if he can’t play. He’s a renegade. He thumbs his nose at authority, but he shows up and plays and competes and doesn’t back down. He’s a fine thrower of the football, but it might be the least best thing he does as an athlete. He’s a tremendous weapon. And he gets the ball every play.”

In other Johnny news:

Johnny Manziel meet Johnny Cam: Manziel is such a focus of Saturday’s game that CBS will have a camera dedicated to him.

Johnny Manziel meet Johnny Pinata: None of that matters to the owners of Otey’s Tavern, a restaurant in Mountain Brook, Ala.

They have made a piñata of Manziel – they’ve named it Johnny Pinata — complete with a Sharpie in his right hand, so Alabama fans can take whacks at it sometime before Saturday’s game.

You can watch Tim Couch’s interview with Manziel on “SEC Gridiron LIVE” at 10 tonight on Fox Sports South.

Alabama players will get to take their whacks on the real Johnny Football on Saturday.

33 comments Add your comment

PigIron

September 11th, 2013
12:16 pm

Meh.

Alabama wont be playing Johnny Football. They’ll be playing Texas A&M. All of this media hoopla is there to get the Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo viewers to watch the game.

PaulinNH

September 11th, 2013
12:42 pm

“He’s Dennis Rodman if he can’t play.”

Last time I looked Dennis Rodman was in the Basketball Hall of Fame

ARdawg

September 11th, 2013
1:05 pm

A Johnny cam, if that don’t beat all (pinata pun intended). Much too much being made out of this game and Johnny cam. A lot of hype. All hat and no cattle. Bama makes easy work of A&M and the Johnny cam

SimpleDawg

September 11th, 2013
1:14 pm

It may be a prophetic stunt….. JFF is going to be a Rammer, Jammer, Yellow Hammer magnet.

Should be a good show….

dap01

September 11th, 2013
1:40 pm

He is a cheater, renegade is not harsh enough.

Sunshine

September 11th, 2013
1:47 pm

With all the hating on Manziel, I hope A&M beats the tar out of Bama and he throws for 7 TDs. Then all these jock sniffing ‘journalists’ will have to eat so much crow even they will choke on it – and they swallow anything.
This is just more mid-week pablum for the sports starved – and dependent- masses who will arm-chair QB through the weekend. Besides, they have to write about something to go between the ad space.

RomeDawg79

September 11th, 2013
1:54 pm

Sabin could not figure out how to beat Scam Newton. He will not beat Johnny Football.

Mike

September 11th, 2013
2:33 pm

Dang a moron still talking about Scam Newton. Exactly what did the NCAA fine, suspend or do to Cam? And you are right ole brother Dennis is in the HOF. Maybe Danielson is just infatuated with Dennis. Wonder why. College one thing, while the NFL is a whole different animal. Ask Tebow, I am sure he can tell you.

DownInAlbany

September 11th, 2013
2:44 pm

Not a Tide fan, but, I hope the beat the brakes off of A&M and put Manziel in his place.

ARdawg

September 11th, 2013
2:59 pm

Johnny Football’s shooting rise to fame was on the back of beating Bama and I highly suspect his fall back to slightly above average QB will be by a defeat to Bama. The is quite a big difference in those two teams . Manziel won’t be the difference maker this time around. Of course I may be wrong, we’ll see come Saturday. For some reason, the media has to have a love affair with JF. Johnny cam, really? Hey morons, it’s a team sport

Desert Fox

September 11th, 2013
3:40 pm

Happy dawgs don’t have to play him during regular season. rather play AL.

SWAT Native

September 11th, 2013
4:05 pm

Antics and color aside, Denis Rodman was a great basketball player. That’s a terrible analogy.

Chuck Allison

September 11th, 2013
4:17 pm

Dennis Rodman was a very good rebounder for a few years, but I would not classify him as great. His offense was not that good. He quickly set out with the goal to make himself as unlikeable as possible.

Class of '98

September 11th, 2013
4:28 pm

A restaurant in South Carolina was made to stop naming sandwiches in HONOR of college players by the NCAA, but this bar in Alabama makes a pinata out of him. He’s a 20 year-old amateur. Stay classy, Alabama.

And SWAT, you are correct. Terrible analogy. Rodman was the best inch-for-inch rebounder in the history of the game not named Barkley.

A better analogy would be John Rocker.

PaulinNH

September 11th, 2013
5:33 pm

There are 325 members of the Naismith Hall of Fame – 150 are male players. Dennis Rodman is one of them. That is pretty select company for a guy who “was a very good rebounder for a few years,”

http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/dennis-rodman

Pago Pago DAWG

September 11th, 2013
5:45 pm

Somebody told us the great rodman moved to North Korea..interesting hero!

Radney, John

September 11th, 2013
5:52 pm

The kid is 19 years and been sucked up to for years. I wish him well but I hope he does not change like I did. Hurt me.

UA Grad

September 11th, 2013
5:57 pm

Being a twenty-year-old amateur is not a variable in the equation of being a spoiled punk.

dap01

September 11th, 2013
6:36 pm

The whole Johnny Football fiasco tells me as much about Texas A&M as it does about the morally bankrupt Johnny. The tail is wagging the dog at Texas A&M. They have no standards. That head coach seems weak.

Dracul

September 11th, 2013
10:11 pm

Mark Right would hire Manziel in a second if he had the chance. Dump A. Hurry and get a real QB.

Well of Souls

September 11th, 2013
11:21 pm

Why does Girly get special treatment with his uniform name?

THE TRUTH

September 12th, 2013
12:07 am

Last time I looked, Dennis Rodman was over in North Korea kissing Kim Jung”s azz. I guess he
wanted to taste some JUNG Dung.

Seeker

September 12th, 2013
8:22 am

Hey there! Georgy Gurley,
Dreaming of the someone you could be,
Life is a reality, you can’t always run away.

Tide Roll is a Moron

September 12th, 2013
9:59 am

You idiots blasting Murray and calling him names are pathetic.

You couldn’t hold his jock strap

Richt is the best most honest coach in the SEC and Saban is about to lose 2 titles

Enjoy it you hillbilly redneck morons

Junk in da trunk

September 12th, 2013
10:57 am

Bama will destroy Johnny. Coach’s now know what A&M wants to do with Johnny. So get ready for a beatdown.

Junk in da trunk

September 12th, 2013
10:58 am

Well of Souls
September 11th, 2013
11:21 pm

Why does Girly get special treatment with his uniform name?

Because he would biotch slap you and he is special.

Junk in da trunk

September 12th, 2013
10:59 am

I used to think of A&M as a very fine institution, but now I know they are nothing more than an average SEC program.

Junk in da trunk

September 12th, 2013
11:01 am

Mike
September 11th, 2013
2:33 pm

Dang a moron still talking about Scam Newton. Exactly what did the NCAA fine, suspend or do to Cam?

Nothing. Yet they changed recruiting rules. So what does that tell you. He was guilty as possible, yet they could not prove it. Scum to the core.

Irate Puppy

September 12th, 2013
11:10 am

Any time a team defeats my Dawgs, I know they cheated.

It’s really just that simple.

Paddy.......

September 12th, 2013
6:32 pm

Well of Souls …..you comment about Gurly’s uniform name is proof you never had a college equipment manager as part of your athletic background! If you don’t know how things work, don’t comment.

dgroy

September 15th, 2013
9:19 am

Alabama did not beat Johnny Football, A&M’s defense lost the ball game. Folks, there is a difference. Manziel may be cocky but, he’s still the most exciting QB in college football, maybe not the best but he’s in the top two. Alabama proved yesterday that they have the Number One Team in all of College Football…..the only team that’s even close is Oregon. So shut up puppy fans and get out the “wait till next year” hope signs.

Mairee Dubois

September 16th, 2013
8:29 am

One fact is obvious now: Aaron Murray isn’t remotely as good as Manziel or McCarron. But he’s one of the very few dwags who’s intelligent enough to have a real job after football that doesn’t involve pushing a mop or taking orders at a drive-through window. It’s a shame that our state’s flagship university has stooped to admitting such dummies who can barely read and write.

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