USA Today – Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton waited 35 years to catch a quarterback who provided such spot-on flashbacks to his improvisational playmaking.
Then, along came Johnny Manziel. The former Texas A&M superstar emerged as must-see TV beginning with his 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning season.
The former Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants great concurs with many draft evaluators who compare Johnny Football’s uncanny ability to flee crumbling pockets and make big plays to the mesmerizing escape artist known as “Scramblin’ Fran.”
“Nobody really played like I played. This kid plays like I did more than anybody else,” Tarkenton, 74, told USA TODAY Sports.
“He’s the closest thing I’ve seen to myself. Russell Wilson has some of it. But Manziel has those similarities even more so than Russell.
“Manziel is a quarterback savant.”
Fran Tarkenton, who’s that? Did he play in the NFL or something? Guess I better check Wikipedia. Oh look here. 47,000 pass yards. 3,700 rush yards. 374 TDs. 9X Pro Bowl. NFL MVP. 3X NFC Champion. # retired and in the Ring of Honor. Nothing too flashy just a few mediocre career accomplishments. That’s the guy praising Johnny football calling him a “quarterback savant.” Probably the most badass compliment ever. An NFL legend calling you a “quarterback savant.” Going to make an absolutely savage business card in a few months. ”Mr. Football, Quarterback Savant, Houston Texans.”
Quick question, does that scrub Bortles have any awesome nicknames? Besides “Mr. Lindsey Duke”?