This should improve Johnny Manziel's image as an erratic off-the-field decision maker.
The Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M recently sought out some advice from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, according to what Manziel's throwing coach George Whitfield told the Boston Herald.
If ever there was a quarterback who understands what it's like to be in the spotlight -- something Manziel has dealt with more so than any other college athlete the last year or so -- it would be Brady.
Whitfield said that Brady told the 21-year-old something that Patriots players have been hearing for a long time: Ignore the noise. In their text-message exchange, Brady also told Manziel to enjoy the moment of being drafted and becoming a pro.
In most projections, Manziel is slated to be a top-five pick in May's draft. He could potentially go as high as No. 1 to Brady's former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is now head coach with the Texans.
Manziel's run-and-gun style is far different from Brady's modus operandi, but O'Brien said in an interview last month that his system doesn't necessarily require a 6-foot-4 pocket passer.
“This system over the years has had mobile quarterbacks,” O’Brien told Houston's In the Loop radio show. “It’s had tall quarterbacks, quarterbacks who were 6-feet tall, quarterbacks that were 6-foot-5, quarterbacks that have had all different types of skill sets. What you do is you try to look at what’s available to you, what’s already on the team and try to make sure the system fits the skill set of the players.”
In the same interview, O'Brien explained that the best characteristics a quarterback can have are often those things that are hardest to measure during the pre-draft process.
“Is he a winner?," O'Brien said. "Is he a guy that is a leader on his team? Is he a good locker room guy? Is he going to be a great guy in the community? Is he a guy that’s going to study the game morning noon or night, be obsessed with the game. I think those are things that are very important for a quarterback.”
Manziel's effort to reach out to Brady may be a sign to some that he's looking to become one of those football obsessives.