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Johnny Manziel’s popularity takes a hit

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Johnny Manziel’s popularity with the public has declined by 50 percent in the last eight months, according to a survey conducted by E-Score, a consumer research service that provides information to media and entertainment companies.

In a survey completed this week, only 49 percent of respondents indicated they found Manziel appealing, significantly lower than the 87 percent average for the 1,400 athletes tracked. Data from a survey conducted in January 2013, just after Manziel’s Heisman win, shows 97 percent of respondents found him appealing. While Manziel suffered a decrease in appeal of 50 percent during the past 8 months, the survey also showed his awareness went up 67 percent during the same time period.

When asked to choose from a list of attributes describing Manziel, respondents selected rude, 27 percent; overexposed, 43 percent; and insincere, 19 percent. These numbers increased dramatically from the prior survey, which showed the number of respondents selecting those attributes as being significantly lower (rude, 2 percent; overexposed, 5 percent; insincere, 5 percent).

E-Score surveyed 1,100 persons with general representation across income, age, education and geographic demographics to represent a cross-section of the U.S. population.

It’s pretty clear that Manziel’s image has taken a hit as the result of his off-season antics, but I find it interesting that the biggest complaint is about him (43 percent) is that he is ‘overexposed.’  That could’ve been the case even if he wasn’t seen as having a slew of negative qualities. It’s why I thought Manziel couldn’t win another Heisman and probably why a guy like Andrew Luck never did either. Sometimes people just get tired of hearing about a guy and the reaction is to look elsewhere for relief.

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  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 23, 2013 6:20 PM

    The Downtown Athletic Club is probably already horrified by his antics, he’s not the best player in college football and his team’s season as far as a championship run is realistically over.

    He’s not a Heisman candidate this year, and he was only one last year because of a horrid class.

  2. coolhorn46 says: Sep 23, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m no fan of the agricultural college’s football team, and not a hardcore Manziel fan either, but I think people make too much out of his behavior. I doubt he’ll ever be nominated for the Mr. Congeniality award, and he has shown a proclivity to shoot himself in the foot when making some ethical decisions…and yeah, he’s definitely a showboat. All of those things said, if Kevin Sumlin decided to not deal with Manziel any longer, and assuming J. Football wanted another year of college seasoning, hide and watch how many football programs out there would be right pleased to offer him the chance to play for them. He’s won a whole lot more than he’s lost, even if he doesn’t always look pretty doing it…and that’s ONE stat that’s always popular with college football coaches. ANY coach playing agricultural who doesn’t make special plans for Manziel’s gonna pay a price.

  3. earpaniac says: Sep 23, 2013 6:38 PM

    This has always been the case. On your way up, the public loves you. Once you are there, the hate begins. Then after a few years of hate, they see you as being “redeemed” and fall in love again, even if you haven’t changed one thing or did anything different the entire time.

  4. huskersrock1 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:03 PM

    Manziel is a great player, but he is also a douche that let success go to his head. Hopefully he grows up soon.

  5. imacdane says: Sep 23, 2013 7:10 PM

    Manziel is “overexposed”…let’s write another article about him.

  6. jkulha86 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:24 PM

    Manziel is a great player, but with the combination of the media talking about him every 5 minutes, and the way he acts off off the field, makes him look like immature prick.

  7. thegonz13 says: Sep 23, 2013 7:35 PM

    I hate when the word “great” is tossed around freely like that. Manziel is a good player, but I hardly see how one good season makes him achieve greatness.

    Let’s wait until he puts together a solid collegiate career -which may end after this season- before we annoint him as a “great” player.

  8. udub says: Sep 23, 2013 7:39 PM

    Andrew Luck didn’t win the Heisman because people were sick of hearing about him. It was because he had no ‘Heisman’ moment. All of his worst games, even though his worst was pretty good, were in his biggest games.

    His last year he had a QBR of 36 and threw 2 INT against Oregon losing 53-30. The year before that he threw 2 INT and lost 52-31 again against the Ducks.

    Those top 10 matchups or national TV games are what make Heisman candidates. It’s not that Andrew Luck is bad but if what you see is a loss and 2 INTs you’re not going to think as highly of him.

  9. polegojim says: Sep 23, 2013 7:49 PM

    I love performance and I respect talent… as long as it’s not connected to an ego-maniacal individual.

    Manzel epitomizes all three. See TO.

    When his testicles drop and learns to comport himself respectfully… he’ll earn it back a little at a time.

    I hope he does so.

  10. geodude11 says: Sep 23, 2013 8:01 PM

    Manzel was a darling when they need one, in a year without a viable Heisman candidate, default to a FRESHMAN!!! His Dad told everyone that he’s worried his son will blow the opportunity on his personal weaknesses (Dad knows the boy well). It’s early in the season and the media has nothing else to do other than consume last year’s child. The Aggies need to encircle the boy with a cloke of invisibility (cone of Silence!!!??) to save him from spontaneous combustion.

  11. Deb says: Sep 23, 2013 8:04 PM

    Don’t believe in giving the Heisman to a freshman (or even a sophmore) and don’t believe in giving it to the same player twice. Would be curious, though, to turn back the clock and see whether Manziel’s behavior would be any different if he hadn’t won the award last season.

    All I know is that my pro team sucks and needs a new quarterback.

    No no no no no no no no. Please. No.

  12. Deb says: Sep 23, 2013 9:36 PM

    LOL Here we go again …

    Do the negative thumbers disagree that freshmen and sophmores shouldn’t get the Heisman, or that no one should get it twice? I know no one disagrees that my 0-3 Steelers suck. If you think Manziel would be a great catch for an NFL team, lobby yours to sign him. I’ve just spent a decade with a talented egomaniac. Enough is enough.

  13. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 23, 2013 10:53 PM

    It’s a good thing that his football skills are better than ever.

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 23, 2013 11:15 PM

    Manziel is a 21 year old college student. Yes, he is immature, and yes, he needs to grow up. He is an exceptional talent that is a student of the game. He torched Alabama defensive backs repeatedly. He is a DAMN fine quarterback and is growing up right before our eyes.

    He will be in the Heisman hunt at the end of the year and judging by what he has done to date, he is AHEAD of last year’s pace on yards passing and TD’s. Befre you dismiss Manziel, remember back to your own late teens and early 20’s, If you’re honest, you’ll admit that you too had transgressions and WTF moments.

    Me? I worked my way through school, went to study at the library every night and was in bed by 10 pm every night by myself……………….

    That’s MY story and I’m sticking to it.


  15. Deb says: Sep 23, 2013 11:51 PM

    @amosalanzostagg …

    Let me amend my earlier comment: Don’t believe in giving the Heisman to freshmen or sophmores, don’t believe in giving it to anyone twice, and don’t like Manziel’s style of spread-option quarterback for the NFL. His personal life and college antics are his business. But even if he had Tebow’s manners and good looks and half (rather than twice) Roethliberger’s ego, I still wouldn’t want him quarterbacking my team.

  16. polegojim says: Sep 23, 2013 11:53 PM

    @ amos… I hear ya… but at 21, he has the maturity level of an 11 year old.

    Yes I admit we had those moments… and still have some… but even at 21 they were not constantly childish.

    Most get that stuff out of their system when they passed puberty.

  17. polegojim says: Sep 23, 2013 11:57 PM

    @jkula86… the media doesn’t CAUSE his antics…

    I do agree with the second half of your comment… Manziel PROVIDES the prick-like headlines. He makes himself look like an immature prick on AND off the field. He doesn’t even need any help.

  18. barbeaux says: Sep 24, 2013 9:44 AM

    The media picks what they trump up. You don’t see them trumping up his charity work or hanging with kids that have terminal diseases. Media tends to trump up the worst about people….unless they fly to Africa to circumcise children and puts 3:16 on his face.

  19. Anoesis says: Sep 24, 2013 9:47 AM


    I don’t know about anyone else, but I thumbed down your comment because the Heisman should go to that year’s best college football player, regardless of class (year in school, not lack of).

    Once upon a time no freshman could play on the varsity squad. Those days are over. If you’re on the team, and a good enough player, you should get consideration for the trophy.

    As for Manziel: When you’re talented you get ridiculously exceptional treatment from everyone around you. Many athletes experience this. Some choose to mature despite this fawning, some take longer. And some never do. This is a big reason that I don’t pay much attention to what players do beyond the field.

    “E-Score surveyed 1,100 persons with general representation across income, age, education and geographic demographics to represent a cross-section of the U.S. population.”

    The main thing I found surprising about this poll was that E-Score could find enough people who even knew who Manziel is to get a viable sample.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 24, 2013 10:34 AM


    You say he’s not a Heisman candidate this year yet in Chris Huston’s (The Heisman Pundit) poll, which is hyper accurate lately, he’s the #1 vote getter so far…

    Obviously things change across the season but if it were today, he’d win.

    That said, I honestly don’t expect him to win again, but to say he’s not a candidate is naive at best.

    If he keeps this pace up and wins 10 games min. He’ll at least be in NY.

  21. txstatebobcats1868 says: Sep 24, 2013 12:05 PM

    Hell my game day tailgating antics put JF’s to shame. Not to mention put me back in the ol’ fraternity house and I make Johnny look like a friggin saint. This kid is in college like all these kids they make a lot of mistakes that’s what college is for. He just has more media spotlight on him so he gets caught while others don’t. Give the kid a break, us Texans like to party and get rowdy. At least he isn’t out their poisoning trees and/or tee bagging opponents in bars.

  22. txstatebobcats1868 says: Sep 24, 2013 12:16 PM


  23. collegefootballfan23 says: Sep 24, 2013 12:42 PM

    I see a lot of you throwing around words like “egomaniac” and “prick” and references to his “antics” but no one says exactly what the guy has done that crosses the line. So, let’s recap…

    1) Manziel tweeted that he couldn’t wait to leave College Station after getting a parking ticket in front of his home.

    2) Manziel overslept and missed a meeting at the Manning QB Camp, to which Peyton Manning responded by joking that Eli did the same thing in his college days.

    3) Manziel was accused by a hack reporter at ESPN of violating NCAA rules. The NCAA conducted an investigation and found “no evidence” to support the claim.

    4) Manziel was flagged after responding to taunting by pointing to the scoreboard. It’s worth noting that he did not initiate the trash talk and only responded once the game was out of reach. Behavior that even Saint Tebow is guilty of (google “tebow taunting” if you don’t believe me).

    5) And then there’s the hand gestures that people have misconstrued as mocking the NCAA. Manziel and his teammates, along with other well-known college football players, have been doing these hand gestures long before the accusations by ESPN.

    So, which is it? The harmless tweet made out of frustration? The time he overslept at a summer QB camp? The unfounded accusations? Or the fact that he responded to trash talk? Which of these horrendous acts has offended your delicate sensibilities?

  24. Deb says: Sep 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    @Anoesis …

    My view on freshmen and sophmores getting the Heisman is for their benefit. I don’t think they’re mature enough to handle the increased scrutiny that comes from winning a Heisman, then returning with so much eligibility before they can move on to the NFL. Puts too much pressure on a kid … and that seems to have happened to Manziel.

    As for not thinking anyone should win it twice–that’s because I don’t trust the voters. Perhaps they just want to create a story … so they pick out a guy (as they did Archie Griffin) to win the award twice. Did Griffin actually deserve to win it both years? Maybe … maybe not. Heisman voting is subjective.

    Thanks for answering. I don’t have any problem with getting thumbs down, but when I cover several issues, I’m curious about what sparked the disagreement … other than my personality, of course 😉

  25. barbeaux says: Sep 24, 2013 3:36 PM

    How can anyone say the Heisman affected Manziel personally. You don’t know how he behaved before or would’ve behaved had he not won. He’s gone to sporting events, concerts etc. How’s that so terrible? Also, don’t act like he’s the first player to gesticulate during games. I mean, unsportsmanlike penalties were increased a few years ago because of how players were acting. Remember how ridiculous TD celebrations were becoming in the NFL?

  26. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 24, 2013 9:50 PM

    Haters gonna hate, because Darren Rovell, Mark May, (who has been twice convicted of DUI, AND inciting a riot), and ESPN in general tell you sheeple to hate him.

    Why doesn’t Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Sporting News, or FoxSports hate on him?

    Could it be that ESPN has shelled out 30 million dollars to the University of Texas for their precious Longhorn Network, and the last thing they want to see is Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel becoming the next big thing in Texas?

  27. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 25, 2013 2:35 PM

    You either die the hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

    Sports are better with villains anyway.

    The Yankees

  28. topdawg4ever says: Sep 25, 2013 4:32 PM

    Collegefootballfan23: Nice list- if only it was accurate.

    You fail to mention he was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors—disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver’s license. These charges stemmed from a late-night fight in College Station, Texas.

    The NCAA found enough evidence of him accepting money for autographs but decided to go easy on him and suspend him 1/2 game for being stupid (yeah sure)

    He taunted the other players in the Rice game this season so many times the coach benched him.

    He “overslept” at Mannings QB camp and then promptly left. Those who were there say he had been partying late into the night. The camp is for 8th grade to senior kids in high school.

    When you run to his defense, at least tell the whole story.

  29. barbeaux says: Sep 25, 2013 4:57 PM

    The arrest was before he started college.
    He taunted. They taunted.
    Do you know who he was out with the night before he overslept? Eli & Peyton.
    There’s your whole story.

  30. barbeaux says: Sep 25, 2013 4:58 PM

    The NCAA found no evidence of him taking money.

  31. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 25, 2013 10:47 PM


    You’re wrong. The NCAA found no evidence of any money being paid to Manziel for the autograph.

    Misdemeanors are not felonies. You also failed to report the misdemeanor for underage drinking which is a cottage industry in College Station.

    There was ONE taunt in the Rice game, after a touchdown, in which the Rice player kept taunting Manziel and Manziel pointed to the scoreboard. I know that for a fact since I was a guest on the Rice sideline. Even the so called autograph “taunt” was
    a reply to a Rice linebacker who Manziel complemented on a nice hit, The linebacker replied “‘I guess an autograph would be out of the question” to which Manziel laughed and air signed an autograph. That is what you saw on TV, aired ad nauseam.

    Dirty little secret, before the game Manziel did sign some autographs for the Rice staff for a silent auction for their athletic program.

    Remember the first word in ESPN is “Entertainment and Sports Programming Network”, they have to have filler for their network.


  32. jdillydawg says: Sep 26, 2013 5:16 AM

    Sadly, I hate J Football because I hate the Aggies. I have to. I went to a rival school.

    It’s funny how so many people talk about this “kid” growing up. Hey, he could become the next Peyton Manning or the next Ryan Leaf. Who knows? It’s a fun ride to watch right now, though.

  33. rjruthve says: Sep 26, 2013 6:43 PM

    Is Johnny running for president? I don’t remember him dragging his girlfriend down the stairs by her hair or burning blunts. Who are you to judge? Get a life and enjoy the superior athleticism.

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