BEREA, Ohio -- Over the last three years, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has won a Heisman Trophy, led Texas A&M to an upset, and nearly two, against the vaunted University of Alabama and been front and center at premiere athletic events, everything from basketball games to UFC fights.
And while leading his team to success and living a public life, Manziel has attracted a lot of media attention, which is something he said he "learned to accept for a while."
"I'm just really used to it," Manziel said. "That's been life for so long now. I really don't know what it would be like any other way. I can't really think back to the days of how it was when I didn't have people tweeting or taking pictures of where I was.
"I don't mean that in a way to have a big head or anything like that. It's just how things are. For some reason, wherever I go, people want to take pictures and think I'm doing something wild when I'm just living a normal life."
The most recent media circus to feature Manziel came on a Memorial Day weekend trip to Las Vegas, where he not only sat cageside for a UFC pay-per-view fight, but also, was seen partying poolside with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and bikini-clad young women, and later, spraying a bottle of champagne onto a crowd at a nightclub.
Manziel enjoyed his time off so much so that he posted photos to Instagram, which drew the ire of the media, who questioned his commitment to the game of football. That prompted him to post a photo of his playbook and iPad with the caption: "Guess it's impossible to enjoy the weekend and study?"
"I knew, whether it was going anywhere, a picture was going to be taken of me, and somebody was going to see me," Manziel said. "Maybe it would've been less of a story if it was somewhere else. I'm very surprised that it is a story, but I knew going into it that I can't go anywhere without people knowing I'm there. I'm used to it by now. Fair or unfair, whatever it may be, that's my life.
"That's the million dollar question. Why me? I'm sure there were plenty of other people in Vegas and around the country, but for some reason, I'm on the news circuits. Maybe it's just my style of play or the things that I have accomplished in such a short amount of time. It's all a blessing for me to be in this position, but to the extent that it's magnified, I couldn't tell you why that is."
While Manziel took some time off and enjoyed his break from the Browns' organized team activities, he expressed his desire for success at the NFL level.
"I don't want this to be anything that's short-lived," Manziel said. "I haven't done anything at this level. I haven't done anything to establish myself or create this type of buzz or anything like that. I'm just another rookie. I'm just another guy that comes up.
"Yeah, the Heisman Trophy and I did some okay things in college, but I haven't done anything here. I'm just trying to accept the buzz that was kind of like it was in college."