After winning the Heisman Trophy as a member of the Texas A&M Aggies back in 2012, Johnny Manziel knows the weight that comes with the highest individual honor one can receive in college football.
"It's heavier than the trophy itself," Manziel said Friday, via Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
Now, with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston struggling through a litany of off-the-field issues (the latest of which leading to a one-game suspension imparted by Florida State's administration), Manziel is ready to offer his support to help Winston deal with the pitfalls that celebrity can present.
"Jameis is a guy that I've had a good relationship with and I want to help in as many ways as I can — or if anything I can say or I've been through can help him than I would love to do that," Manziel said.
"He's continuing to grow up. He's a young guy, too, but I really I think he'll figure it out as he continues to go on."
Manziel saw his life forever altered by winning the Heisman. Despite his own brushes with controversy over the past couple of years, the man known as Johnny Football feels he has learned a lot since that fateful day in 2012.
"You learn about how close you are with a lot of people around you," he said. "I learned how close I was to my family and with my friends, and who really were my friends and who was just hanging around because it was fun to hang around."
If Manziel can help Winston come to such realizations, things could start looking up for the reigning Heisman Trophy both on the field and in his personal dealings off of it.
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