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Johnny Autograph


I watched Johnny Manziel's meteoric rise to Johnny Football in the minds of the College Football fans, at first I couldn't believe a short, skinny kid could do the things that he could do as a dual threat Quarterback in the SEC, but he just kept doing them over and over again. Surely Johnny couldn't march into Tuscaloosa and lead his team to a victory over the vaunted defense of the Alabama Crimson Tide, whose team would go on to win the National Championship, yes he could. Surely Johnny couldn't ride this tide to become the first Freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, yes he could. Surely Johnny can't sign over four thousand items for profit and play another game of College Football, we shall see.

I admit to becoming a huge fan of Johnny Football because of the excitement he brings, always seeming to pull off what seems impossible. During this past off-season without getting into all the details, he has become Johnny Bighead, staying in the lime-light for the wrong reasons. It was hard for me to be too harsh in my judgement of him, I can easily understand how a young man would make mistakes adjusting to life as a Mega-Star at the tender age of 20 years old. Heck, at that age I still knew everything myself and didn't need any advice, from anyone.

Now Johnny Autograph is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly profiting from signing thousands of photos and pieces of sports memorabilia, if found guilty of violating NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1 - accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service - he could be ruled ineligible to play or at the least be subject to a multi-game suspension if the NCAA follow precedent they have set with various player violations of this same bylaw.

Would the NCAA rule Johnny ineligible? He is a huge attraction for NCAA football and as returning Heisman Winner, if allowed to play, he will be the biggest star College Sports has to offer. If ruled ineligible, he can start to immediately cash in on his fame while making large sums of money and still be a first round pick in the following NFL Draft. Advantage Johnny Ineligible.

In is more likely that Johnny will be suspended for a few games to start the season. Will this hurt him, in my opinion no, though he wouldn't be able to profit from his fame, he would upon his return be hailed as the returning hero (especially after his best semblance of a heart-felt apology) and still be drafted in the first round. Advantage Johnny Suspended.

Johnny has signed many autographs for Texas A&M, which they have used to raise money for the University. The NCAA is firmly established in favor of profiting from the fame of College athletes, so It is hard for me to be too bent out of shape over a kid taking profit for signing that same name.

The NCAA may assume they are in a position of power over Johnny Untouchable, but on the monetary front they can really do him no more harm, any penalty they thrust upon him will have a negative impact on the NCAA and member school, Texas A&M, much more so than Johnny Manziel.

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