The Slander Of Johnny FootballMarch 20th, 2014
It just blows Joe’s mind how people concoct and invent pure fiction to disgrace someone they don’t like, for reasons Joe cannot understand. Take Johnny Football for example. One of the greatest quarterbacks to ever lace up a pair of cleats in college football, Johnny Football has become some sort of gridiron Lucifer the way so many Bucs fans despise the guy.
Joe can only guess these same types are just jealous because they couldn’t pull in college like Johnny. There is no other logical reason for the fear and loathing of Johnny Football.
He has a pasta arm, they say. He will get hurt! He runs too much. He’s too small (though he’s bigger than Drew Brees). And those are the nice things they say about Johnny Football.
All rubbish, pure and simple!
Don’t take Joe’s word for it. Take someone’s word who actually knows the guy, has watched him practice, has intimate knowledge of him. And, oh, yeah, the same fellow is also one of the greatest talent evaluators the NFL has ever seen. That would be former NFL general manager Bill Polian. Speaking with Booger McFarland earlier this week on WHFS-FM 98.7, Polian talked all sorts of football subjects when the topic of Johnny Football came up. There are few if any football analysts who know Johnny Football as well as Polian.
Polian’s son, Brian Polian, was the tight ends coach at Texas A&M when Johnny Football was a redshirt freshman, the same season Johnny Football won the Heisman Trophy. Not only has Polian watched Johnny Football practice many times, few outside of College Station know the intimate details of Johnny Football better than Polian. He explained that most of the fertilizer shoveled about Johnny Football is the same kind that can be found in a common horse stall.
“My son Brian who is now the head coach at Nevada was on [Texas] A&M’s staff when Johnny first played there. So I saw a lot of him because I spent time with them both in camp and during the season. Johnny — Tony Dungy said it best, he’s a unique talent — Johnny has all the arm strength you want. He has all the athleticism you want. He is a fierce competitor. He is a gym rat, despite what people may say. You know, things he has done in the offseason? During the season he is totally devoted to football,” Polian said.
“He has a unique ability to play the game. Now I’m going to go back to ancient times but he is most like, in style, Fran Tarkenton, who played in the 1960s and Doug Flutie, who played in the 1980s. Exactly the same style. He is improvisational. Two things happen with that: He gives defenses fits because of that. And secondly, you can get hurt because you are running around and you get caught by defensive players in the NFL at awkward angles. So that is the worry with Johnny. As Tony said, you are best to adapt your offense to the style of play that he is best suited to handle. If that is the case, I don’t doubt he will do well.
“He is certainly a winner. He is a great competitor and he can make all the throws. I’ve heard some curbside analysts say he has a weak arm. That is not true at all.”
Can you imagine? A 20-year old who happens to be the BMOC in a big-time college town likes to have a few beers and enjoy the fruits of the young lasses who populate the campus. In the offseason, no less! Why, society is going to hell as we know it!
As if Joe wasn’t already a fan of Johnny Football, Polian’s words are good enough for Joe. And yes, Joe knows what Merril Hoge said about Johnny Football. Joe is going to put more faith intone of the better talent evaluators over a washed up fullback who likes to scream outlandish things from the mountain top.
So the next time your hatred of Johnny Football has you so rattled you can’t get the corn flakes in your mouth from the spoon shaking so much, relax. Your fears are irrational.
Embrace Johnny Football! As Franklin Roosevelt once said, there is nothing to fear, but “fear itself.”