The 2014 NFL draft's two most talked-about players collided Saturday night.
One is a backup who might not play the first month of the season.
The other is still fighting for his spot on the 53-man roster.
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Manziel Mania might have tapered off in the past few days after he lost the Cleveland Browns' starting job to Brian Hoyer, but he has been the story in the NFL preseason. And Sam, who became one of the country's most recognized names when he revealed he was gay, has become something of a fascination and a fan favorite as he tries to gut his way onto the St. Louis Rams' roster.
With 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Manziel — who had come off the bench in his first home game — dropped back to pass on third-and-21. Screaming off the edge with a speed rush was Sam, blowing by right tackle Martin Wallace.
Like that, Sam had taken down Manziel. But the piece de resistance came after the sack. Oh, no he didn't ...
Yep. Sam, who to this point has been largely quiet in Rams camp and has let his play do the talking, flashed the Money Manziel sign after the sack. Then Sam capped it with his signature punch-out finishing move. If you're a fan of Sam's — or, for that matter, if you're not a Manziel guy — this might have been the greatest play in preseason history.
We're just glad that Manziel didn't respond to the sack with another gesture.
Now this poor guy has to find a second job.
Rams vs Browns tonight. If Michael Sam sacks Johnny Football & gives the money sign, drinks are on me. For everyone in the world. Forever.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 23, 2014
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