Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the subject of an inordinate amount of attention this offseason, and it doesn't look like that's going to change in the near future.
After meeting Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron at the Super Bowl, the 20-year-old superstar is drawing McCarron into his web of superstar shenanigans.
According to USA Today's For The Win blog, Manziel and McCarron are planning a vacation to Key West or Cancun later this month.
"Football is our life," McCarron said, "so when we get away, we try to get away and not really bring that in. He’s got all the trash talk on me because he won, so there ain’t much I can talk about.”
Who said rivals can't be friends?
After becoming the first redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Manziel has embarked on nationwide tour that has seen the Kerrville, Texas native win big at a casino, rub elbows with celebrities at the Super Bowl and sit courtside at NBA games.
But it's more by virtue of the fact that Manziel is the first true college football celebrity of the social media age rather than a boastful display of his newfound status, as some columnists have suggested.
Considering the two will meet on Sept. 14 in College Station in what will be one of the most highly anticipated games in the SEC in 2013, it is a little odd. That game will likely either elevate or solidify the winner as the consensus top team in the nation, and put an enormous amount of pressure on the loser with two-and-a-half months left in the season.
The face of each program taking a bro-cation at the beach this summer with each other instead of preparing for their early-season showdown probably won't sit well some fans.
That's a shame.
As is the case with everything else that Manziel has done this offseason, it is an indication that the two college students are, in fact, college students.
Shocking, I know.
Do you know who also likes the beaches in Key West and Cancun in the late spring? Other college students.
College football players develop personal relationships during the recruiting process, and those relationships often last long after they graduate and move on with whatever the future holds. Manziel and McCarron's didn't develop until later, but they shouldn't be a factor.
If they want to hit the beach, good for them. It's not going to prevent either from focusing on the task at hand this fall—a BCS National Championship. Don't be tricked into thinking otherwise.