Former Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith says Johnny Manziel needs to change his lifestyle if he wants to have a long NFL career.
“That lifestyle is going to be a short lifestyle — a short career lifestyle — if he continues that,” Smith said during an interview with 105.3 The Fan, via CBS Sports. “As we used to say, you can’t keep burning the candle at both ends of the stick. The candle gets small fairly quick. Johnny is going to have to figure it out.
“Hopefully he’s not doing anything to hurt himself outside of drinking — which is going to harm his body and harm his performance anyway. At the end of the day, he’s going to have to learn to manage those things.”
Smith admits he did the same things Manziel did.
“First, let’s recognize — Johnny is young. I was young and dumb myself at one point in time,” Smith said. “But maturity itself, and maturing as a professional athlete, is something that is required of every pro football player. I think right now Johnny Manziel is going to get a glimpse of what negative press can do for you. A lot of people think negative press is good press — or any press is good press. It’s not.”
Jeff Pearlman published a book titled “Boys will be Boys” in 2009 that talked about the off the field mess Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin found themselves in. That mess included drugs, strip clubs, orgies, fights, marital infidelities, and even a player stabbing another in the neck with scissors.
Manzeil has already made it clear that he’s going to do what he wants, but it could ultimately be his demise.