The 25 Best CFB Players in SEC History

25. Johnny Manziel — Texas A&M (2011-13)

Johnny Football is a figure we will never forget. Though technically only playing two seasons of SEC football, Manziel is as enigmatic of a player as we’ve seen play in the conference. Though not even six-feet tall, Manziel dominated nearly every single time he took the field. His feel for the position was outstanding, as the Texas native knew exactly when to deliver the football — and when to extend the play with his legs. In fact, Manziel’s ability to be improvisational is likely unparalleled by anyone in his generation. In only two years in College Station, Manziel accounted for 9,989 yards of total offense and a whopping 93 touchdowns.

Drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, many thought Manziel’s swashbuckling style would translate to the league. However, the promise was soon derailed by a number of off-the-field incidents. Manziel’s quickness on the collegiate level didn’t translate to the professional game. He wasn’t able to dance around defenders in the same manner as he did in college. Duly, Manziel’s so-so arm was exposed — particularly on throws in tight windows. Manziel washed out of the NFL after two seasons. Short stints in both the CFL and the AAF were over by the end of 2019. Currently 27 years of age, Manziel is without a job.

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