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Several hours after Texas A&M beat Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in Atlanta, which ended up being Johnny Manziel's final college game, Manziel would be celebrating New Year's Day in Miami with recording artist Drake.
Don't we all wish we had a social calendar like Manziel's? Except that on the biggest football weekend of the year, in the country's biggest town, Manziel is nowhere to be found around Super Bowl XLVIII.
In fact, he's clear across the country, about as far as you get get in the continental U.S., working out in San Diego to prepare for the draft. It's not that Manziel wasn't invited to the Super Bowl; he was, per his agent, Erik Burkhardt, but Manziel is avoiding the spotlight this weekend and preparing for the draft.
After reports surfaced that Manziel would not be in New York this week (despite him receiving lucrative promotional offers to do so), Burkhardt told Shutdown Corner that Manziel is with his San Diego-based personal quarterback coach, George Whitfield, and his new strength and conditioning trainer, Ryan Flaherty. Those two have worked with some of the recent drafts' top prospects, including Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.
This can only help Manziel. He's the most hotly debated NFL draft prospect since Tim Tebow, and Manziel has an excellent chance to be the first quarterback drafted this May. Some teams might be turned off by Manziel's reputation for enjoying the nightlife, but it's nearly impossible to discount his competitiveness and (now) his work ethic amid all the hubbub.
No decision has been made on whether Manziel will be throwing at the scouting combine, but he's heading into Indianapolis with a lot of positive momentum. By staying away from the spotlight this week, Manziel is showing where football ranks on his priority list.
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