With “Manziel Mania” running rampant in Cleveland like “‘Johnny Football” across SEC fields over the last two years I started thinking about Manziel’s career in college and it led me to think about another heralded SEC quarterback named Tim Tebow.
Like Manziel, Tebow ran and threw the ball and brought excitement to the college football world both on and off the field. Like Manziel, people questioned whether Tebow’s style of play could make it in the NFL. Was he a good enough passer? Could he play under center and read defenses? Could he understand to be successful in the league he would have to run less and throw more? Then I started wondering why will “Manziel Mania” be any different than “Tebow Mania”? What gives “TMZ Johnny” a better chance to make it over “Genuflecting Tim”? Will he last longer in the NFL than the three years that Tebow played? If so, why? Are these comparisons fair?
So I decided to go back and look at the first two years that both Tebow and Manziel started at quarterback at their respective colleges in the SEC. There are a lot of similar results that link these two together, and I think fairly raises the question, why will Manziel, drafted 22nd in the first round by the Browns in 2014 make it in the NFL, when Tebow, who was drafted 25th in the first round by the Broncos in 2010, only lasted 3 years?
(Remember these are stats and facts from the first two years as a starting quarterback only)
TIM TEBOW JOHNNY MANZIEL
6’3 – 236 pounds 5’11 – 205 pounds
Played in the SEC at Florida Played in the Sec at Texas A&M
Gesture – “Tebowing” Gesture – “Getting Paid”
1st sophomore to win the Heisman 1st freshman to win the Heisman
Won 1 National Title Did not win a National Title
Won 1 SEC Title Did not win an SEC Title
2-Time first team All-American 1-Time first team All-American
2-Time first team All-SEC 2-Time first team All-SEC
1st year as a starter 32TD passes 1st year as a starter 26TD passes
1st year as a starter 23 rush TD’s 1st year as a starter 21 rush TD’s
Total TD’s in first year (53) Total TD’s in first year (47)
1st year as a starter 3,286yrds passing 1st year as a starter 3,706yrds passing
1st year as a starter 895yrds rushing 1st year as a starter 1,410yrds rushing
1st year total yards 4,181 yards 1st year total yards 5,116 yards
First 2 years as a starter 62 TD passes First 2 years as a starter 63 TD passes
First 2 years as a starter 35 rushing TD’s First 2 years as a starter 30 rushing TD’s
Total TD’s in first 2 years (97) Total TD’s in first two years (93)
Total INT’s thrown first 2 years (10) Total INT’s thrown in first 2 years (22)
66% completion percentage first 2 years 69% completion percentage first 2 years
Total passing yards first 2 years (6,033) Total passing yards in first 2 years (7,820)
Total rush yards first 2 years (1,568) Total rush yards in first 2 years (2,169 yards)
Total yards in first 2 years (7,601) Total yards in first 2 years (9,989)
Both played with heart, desire and passion at the college level. Both were great leaders on the field. But after looking at the numbers and information provided above, is there anything that really stands out as to why Johnny Manziel has a chance to be a better quarterback in the NFL than Tim Tim Tebow? I’m not saying Manziel will. I’m not saying he won’t. I’m just presenting you with comparable information and stats for the two players and would love to hear your reasons why you believe one way or another. Let me know here at www.KennyRoda.com or on Twitter @TheKennyRoda.