Newton talks with Manziel about college limelight

Newton talks with Manziel about college limelight

Newton can relate to what Texas A Johnny Manziel is going through. And the Panthers quarterback said Tuesday hes spoken to Manziel a few times this offseason about coping with the pressures of being a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback living college life in the limelight. Newton wouldnt discuss the specifics of the conversations, saying they are personal, just between him and Manziel. But he said Manziel has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future. When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you dont know if theyre going to do it for good or bad purposes. Like Manziel, Newton was under media scrutiny at Auburn during an NCAA investigation into payforplay allegations. Newton was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and wasnt suspended from any games. For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things, Newton said. You think everybody loves you for who you are. Newton said that was a tough lesson to learn while he was at Auburn. When I was there at college so many people wanted from me and I wanted to give so much, Newton said. Like I would sign this and give my time and this, this and that. And nobody was looking at it through my eyes. If you say no to this particular person you are going to be a jerk. You are going to be the person that people look at as, Whats up? We came out here and supported you Advertisement

and cheered for you and you cant sign an autograph? Never mind that you signed 300 other autographs before. But thats the nature of the beast. Manziel has struggled to stay out of the news since leading Texas A to an 112 record and an upset win over No. 1 Alabama en route to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman. The latest potential problem involves an ESPN report that the NCAA is investigating whether he was paid for signing hundreds of autographs last January. If it is found that Manziel was paid for his autograph on memorabilia it could potentially violate NCAA amateurism rules and put his eligibility in risk.