Is Peyton Manning's Legacy Tarnished Now?

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After a scandalous report from Peyton Manning's college days has come out, is Peyton's Legacy tarnished? A report surfaced yesterday of Manning showing himself to a personal trainer at the University of Tennessee in his college days. In turn she settled for a $300,000 payout and it was swept under the rug. Now 20 something years later the report has resurfaced as Manning comes off perhaps his last game.

So what will Manning be remembered for? Will this overshadow his amazing career as it has others, or will this be like Kobe Bryant and he will be remembered for being one of the greatest to ever play while bringing championships to two cities? Most likely, this will all blow over as it took place many years ago. Unless another, more horrible act comes out, then he will be fine. But that says a lot as any other player would be being crucified in the public.

Manning buried all of his demons most likely when he won his econd ring and therefore will not be held to the standards of most other players in his place. Because Manning has never been one to get in the headlines for the wrong reasons, many fans are already lashing out at Manning and saying horrible things. Manning will most likely be fine as he already addressed this in a book he wrote last decade. And this might be why this story has not blown up more, as he has moved on from it and so far has not shown the need to do things like that since then. So Manning will move on as a champion and this will merely be a tiny blip on the radar as people look back on the great achievemnts he gave the public. But we still must remember that what Manning did was wrong and that he should not be held above others in these allegations as what he did was still wrong and should be seen as such.

Yet Another Heisman Tragedy: The Fall of Johnny Football

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A lot of people saw an ending similar to this when they envisioned Johnny Manziel's future in the NFL. But non saw it coming so quickly. Many thought that his talent would keep him afloat for at least a few years longer in the league before every team decided that he wasn't worth the headache. But Johnny always likes to exceed expectations in the wrong way. 

It wasn't long ago, that he was exceeding expectations in all the right ways as he ran circles around defenses on his way to a Heisman Trophy in his Freshman season. That year he put Texas A&M back on the map with 3706 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 1410 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns. Everyone fell in love with his dual threat ability and his ability to make something out of nothing with his legs as he became the first freshman to ever receive the Heisman. Rumors already started to emerge of his partying after the Heisman. Then came him getting kicked out of the Manning Quarterback Camp when he skipped a day to party. This was followed by the autograph scandal that would shadow him throughout the offseason.

After being suspended for the first half of the first game for the autograph scandal, Manziel began his last season at College Station with an attitude, flashing his money sign after every touchdown or big play. He partied and didn't care what people thought as he launched each pass with more attitude and he developed a swagger. His numbers improved through the air, which caused his numbers to drop on the ground because he was spending more time in the pocket. He made everyone see Mike Evans for the talent that he was as they hooked up many times over the season on huge plays. 

Finally, came the much anticipated draft process. Manziel was plagued by rumors of partying and by scouts saying he did not have the size or strength to play in the NFL. Manziel made headlines with his workout as he blasted music and wore his shoulder pads and helmet in front of an audience that included George W. Bush. This only fueled the hate for Johnny as a selfish player and someone that was more trouble than he was worth for a team. Yet, the Browns still drafted him with the 22nd pick with hopes that a year on the bench would serve him well to learn how to be a professional.

Surprise, Surprise, this did not work as he was spotted in Vegas with a rolled up bill not long after. Teammates on the Browns spoke out against him as not being professional and being selfish. He continued his college ways even on the bench as he partied too much and studied too little. He was beginning to spiral into alcohol and drugs as everyone began to see the reincarnation of Ryan Leaf coming into view. But, Manziel finally got his chance towards the end of the season against the Bengals as Brian Hoyer got hurt. The sight was not pretty as he was pummeled and played worse than any backup since Curtis Painter. He was leveled by a linebacker and his season was over in a flash as he suffered a concussion.

Over the offseason, the media continued to hate on Manziel as replays were seen all over the media of his miserable performance against the Bengals. But then, it seemed like a ray of light appeared as Manziel entered rehab. He seemed to finally be turning around. He stayed there before camp and showed up as what seemed to be a changed man. All of his teammates spoke about how he was more professional and was finally seeming to take the game seriously. He showed some promise in te preseason before losing the job to Josh McCown. But he was doing well and progressing finally. No headlines about partying. 

He finally got his chance as the losses began to pile up before McCown and as McCown suffered a concussion Manziel took the field. He was calm and collected and led a balanced offense. He shocked many as we began to see the talent that won him the Heisman. You could see the passion in a loss to the Bengals as he screamed F--K!! when he ran out of time. Then the passion h=cam e again as he slammed a tablet against his head in frustration after an interception. Johnny finally seemed to care.

But then the rumors popped up again as he was seen partying in disguise in Vegas the day before practice. It blew up on the media as everyone began to turn on Johnny. Suddenly he was suffering from an injury and was seen as inactive. Then came another party followed be skipping an appointment with the team doctors. Johnny was beginning to tumble again. But this ti e the tumbling would not stop. Next there was a call  to 911 as he was fighting his girlfriend and supposedly threatening to hit her. After last offseason's debacle this just made him look worse. The partying continued still.

Now we arrive at this week as Johnny seems to have completely burned his bridges with every part of the NFL. He was accused of dragging his girlfriend into the car by her hair and threatening to kill them both by crashing the car. She accused him of being on drugs which only makes matters worse for Manziel. This is followed by Paul Manziel (Johnny's Father) coming out and saying that he is worried his son won't make it to the age of 24. Then the Browns come out and say that they have not heard from Johnny and are worried about him as a person. It is easy to see that Johnny most likely will never see a field as a player again as his predicament is much worse than the much more talented Justin Blackmon who still has not played in the NFL since his rookie season. 

So farewell Johnny Manziel and thanks for the electrifying plays. But there is no room in the NFL fr someone like you that shows no respect to his teammates or the game as you seem more interested in partying than playing football.

A Sad Day In Football, Megatron Tells Lions He's Retiring

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Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Today is a sad day as the man known simply as Megatron has informed the Lions that he intends to retire. With this announcement, the league is losing one of its best players. Since his rookie season, Calvin Johnson has wowed fans with amazing catches and dominating performances similar to the days of Jerry Rice. After being dubbed Megatron by former teammate Roy Williams, Johnson continued to set the league ablaze with every impossible catch. It is quite possible that Johnson is the best athlete to ever play the position of football. At 6'5" and 236 pounds, Johnson ran a blazing 4.35 40 to go with his amazing strength. His size to speed combo has never before been seen at the position and may never be seen again.

This brings to question, why did Megatron decide to hang it all up? After all, he still had a pretty dominant campaign in 2015 with 88 catches for 1214 yards and 9 touchdowns. Those are good numbers. For that to be a down year is incredible as players are usually having a great year to put up numbers like that. So why retire while still putting up great numbers? One reason could be the same reason that Barry Sanders did. The stress of losing takes a toll on an athlete whose sole purpose is to bring a victory to his city. Being the superstar of your team only adds more pressure and stress to the equation as Megatron became the face of a franchise that could not win despite having immense talent. Johnson can have grown tired of all of this pressure and decided to leave while on top. The pressure could have taken the fun out of the game to him and caused him to lose desire to compete.

The other possibility is that the injuries in Johnson's career have taken a bigger toll than any of us have realized. Johnson has dealt with many painful injuries including a nagging hamstring injury that has continually caused him to have to miss games. Injuries can get into a player's head and cause him to second guess himself. Johnson may have felt the pain from these injuries and decided to retire before he got a major injury like a torn ACL or a ruptured Achilles. This would be a good explanation for retiring while still technically in his athletic prime at the age of 30.

No matter what the cause is, the league  is losing when of its best players and it is a sad day. Many fans have tuned in just to see what kind of catch Megatron would pull off on that day. One thing is clear at this point, Johnson is leaving the league as one of the best to ever play the game. He has broken records and brought many fans to their feet with his performances. For this, let me be the first to thank Megatron for his amazing career and to wish him the best in the future. Now lets enjoy one last look at his incredible career.