Heisman Winner Johnny Manziel Shuts Down Twitter Account

By: CBS Sports Email
By: CBS Sports Email

(CBS Sports)-Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has decided to quit Twitter in an effort to eliminate distractions, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback told ESPN.com.

"I've kind of just shut it all off," Manziel said. "With how the media has been with me for a while, I just shut everything off. As of [Monday], I said I was done with [Twitter] for however long.

"It's fun to have, but it can get to be distracting at points."

Normally whether college football players decide to tweet or not to tweet is not our business. But when Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, the media stopped treating him like an ordinary college football player.

Photos of Manziel hanging out at NBA games, enjoying spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and attending Mardi Gras have found their way to the blogosphere in recent months. Following Johnny Football's off-field adventures was slowly becoming a pastime for thirsty college football fans all across the Internet.

Manziel recently came under fire for a fake Texas Longhorns tattoo -- that Manziel described as a dare -- that appeared in a picture, as well as a report of him shoving a graduate assistant during a spring scrimmage.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin did not comment officially on the issue but Manziel and his teammates have played down the incident. Players get chippy in spring practice all over the country; unfortunately not all players are Johnny Football.

So we bid a farewell to @JManziel2 as he shuts down Twitter to focus on the season ahead. If you are one of his 332,000-plus followers needing a new outlet for your college football fix, there are several names below that can serve as a suitable substitute.


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