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Manziel puts on pro day show, then Nike capitalizes on Manziel Pro Day Collection

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Texas A&M held their pro day workouts today. Anybody who is anybody was there, including former president George H.W. Bush and the former first lady were on hand, in addition to seven NFL head coaches. Not surprisingly, quarterback Johnny Manziel was the headliner and star attraction. Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner and one of the most electric names in the sport of college football the past couple of seasons put on a show with over 60 passes being completed at various distances and scouts leaving a puddle of drool over the performance of one of the top quarterback prospects entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Just minutes after Manziel walked off the practice field, having displayed what he can do, Nike sent out a tweet reminding us all that we can suit up in the same pro day equipment Manziel wore for a morning working out in front of NFL scouts and coaches.

Read that again. Johnny Manziel Pro Day Collection. Now that is taking marketing to the next level. Who will be the next athlete to have his own pro day collection?

Earlier in the day Manziel was asked why he was wearing a football helmet for his pro day workout, because most players do not suit up with a helmet during these types of workouts. Manziel joked that helmets are worn in the NFL, but perhaps now we have a real answer to the question; because Nike had a helmet to  market.

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10 Responses to “Manziel puts on pro day show, then Nike capitalizes on Manziel Pro Day Collection”
  1. manik56 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:03 PM

    NASCAR makes diecasts for testing cars.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 27, 2014 1:05 PM

    He was wearing shoulder pads too.

    I thought he looked great and that last bomb to Evans was a thing of beauty.

    Wouldn’t surprise me also if this starts a trend in pro days with QBs working out in helmet and pads. Can’t imagine the GMs and scouts didn’t notice…

  3. footballnut85 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    I’m already sick of this kid and the hype!

  4. stoicpaisano says: Mar 27, 2014 1:43 PM

    Nike doesn’t design or profit from helmets. Did he have visor with the swoosh on it or something?

    None of the stuff in the Pro Day collection was made specifically for Manziel, it’s all base model stuff. Nike does make Oregon gear for their pro day.

    Even in this QB-fueled era, Nike has shown no problem pushing other athletes. See Calvin Johnson, Adrian/Pat Peterson, Revis. They barely pushed Tebow gear and Luck isn’t a high priority though he is under the Nike wing.

    That Manziel actually has some charisma will help his marketing potential, but his on-field play will determine how long Nike keeps him around.

  5. sportsbastard says: Mar 27, 2014 2:00 PM

    Personally, I think this kid is going to be a great one. This coming from a fan of a team that aTm plays every year. (And beat him once)

  6. imaduffer says: Mar 27, 2014 2:12 PM

    What, no toilet paper? Because every time I flush the toilet it goes swoosh.

  7. alterna63 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:25 PM

    Love this guy! He is the best quarterback the Aggies ever had. Whatever NFL team he goes to, I will be rooting for them. These jokers on here that are tired of hearing about Johnny Manziel are going to be hearing alot more about him in the many years following the NFL draft, so get used to it! I am hoping the Texans pick him up, but unofortunately, I don’t give the Texans’ organization enough credit as being that smart. I can only hope! Rock on Johnny! The best of luck from the class of “87”

  8. dkhhuey says: Mar 27, 2014 4:52 PM

    Please move this and future Johnny Overhyped to the the NFL board where it belongs. God knows we’ve had enough of him to last a lifetime on CFT!

  9. unfortunatelyabillsfan says: Mar 28, 2014 11:27 AM

    I feel bad for anyone that actually spends money on this

  10. suprmous says: Mar 29, 2014 3:11 AM

    I maintain my stance: he’s still not ready for the Pros. Got way toooooo much growin up to do on and off the field. And this ain’t no joke.

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