Sink or Swim: Polarizing NFL Rookies

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  • Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns, Tim Tebow, Randy Moss, Vince Young
  • Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning
  • Eli Manning, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers
  • Ryan Leaf, San Diego Chargers, Junior Seau
  • Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints, USC, Detroit Lions
  • JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
  • Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
  • Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings

Johnny Manziel Isn't First Rookie to Feel the Media's Heat

Johnny Manziel hasn’t even played a single down of NFL football, but already he’s the most polarizing rookie in the league. Every move that Manziel makes has been scrutinized by the media — whether it’s having the sounds of Drake blasting from the speakers during his Pro Day workout or making the finger-rubbing money gesture on stage at the NFL Draft. Even partying on the Las Vegas strip becomes headline news when it comes to Johnny Football. And the fact that Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine recently told local reporters that Manziel has “done everything that we’ve asked” probably won’t lessen the media spotlight on the Heisman-winning QB. That being said, Manziel is far from the first rookie to feel the heat from the media. Every year, there’s a player that has put together a storied college football career only to be thrust under the media’s microscope during their rookie year. From Randy Moss to Vince Young and Tim Tebow…they’ve all felt the media’s scrutiny. And like them, when it comes time to show and prove, Manziel will either crack under pressure or soar to new heights.

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