Most athletes say the most important thing to do is win, but how do you know how to win if it is your first career start? This was the case this past Sunday for one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in college football history in Johnny Manziel who suited up for the first time in the NFL against the Bengals.
Well try to put your shoes in one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in college football history in Johnny Manziel, better known as Johnny football.This is the first career start for the arguably best player in college football history. Now I know it is his first professional start but it is so late in the year. Some people may ask, why is he starting now? Well in the NFL if you do not produce, you do not play. Once as a backup, Manziel had his first opportunity to turn the Cleveland Browns to a playoff team. His signature product of the Money Team #TMT questions his ability to be so money in his first career lost. Sometimes we forget how tough some assignments might be. Johnny Football had suffered a horrendous loss as he totaled the worst QBR (Quarterback Rating) of quarterbacks that week. On a national stage it is hard sometimes to swallow your pride and look forward to the next week. But as an athlete you have to overcome the lossess and enjoy the wins. Even if Johnny Manziel won the game against the Bengals it still wouldn’t be an easy task. Well, that’s what is fun about sports, the chance to redeem yourself and become a better athlete and person.
As important as Johnny Manziel might be, I went to ask some of the varsity stars on the Bullis Athletics teams on the pre-game jitters that make first starts so memorable. If it wasn’t for the team game we wouldn’t be playing at all.
As most of you know that the main rivalry is the Landon Bears better known as the Team across falls road. When I asked players about their first experience, Will Gansler of the Hockey Team states (’15) “It’s nervous and exciting at the same time. It was loud, and I was afraid I was going to make mistakes. If I didn’t miss that goal, we would of won that game instead of tying 1-1.” Also I asked, Alex Brown of the Wrestling team (16’), “I was really nervous but I knew I was going to win because of how hard I practiced. But once the match begin it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be” Lastly, I asked Jonathan Holland of the Football team (15’) “My first start at Bullis, is something I will never forget. The loss is something I will never forget either because it still keeps me hungry till this day” As all three players learn from their first game experience, they regained composure and established themselves in Bullis Athletic history.
Overall the first start for many athletes is something they are remembered by. It is one of the most memorable moments of that athlete’s career. Now the pressure is on for Johnny Manziel as he looks forward to next week and re-establishing himself as a prolific player in the NFL. Good Luck Money Manziel!
As the NFL community laughed at Manziel, the Bulldog looked at similar cases around the Bullis community to find out if these “first game” nerves were common.
When asked about his first Varsity Hockey game against rival Landon Bears, Will Gansler (’15) said “It’s nervous and exciting at the same time. It was loud, and I was afraid I was going to make mistakes. If I didn’t miss that goal, we would have won that game instead of tying 1-1.” While will claimed to have jitters, it seems that he was able to control them more than Manziel.
Weather at Bullis or in the NFL, first games are a big deal. However, seasons and careers last longer than just one game. It is now up to Manziel to respond to his critiques, and bounce back for a big game 2.