In many ways, Johnny Manziel has become the new Tim Tebow. He's a better quarterback—well, I guess: the jury's still out on his NFL success—but they both share a rare media fascination that drives interviewers to ask other athletes what they think of them. This is very unusual. Tebow and Manziel are almost alone in that breed of fame.
So it was that Tom Brady was asked about Manziel's celebrating on CNBC’s “Squawk Box" yesterday. His answer was illuminating:
“I get pretty emotional. I have a lot of respect for the teammates, for my teammates, for my organization, and certainly for other guys in the NFL. There’s not a guy playing in the NFL who hasn’t earned the right to be here, and who isn’t supremely talented. He’s probably been the best athlete in his high school class, in his elementary school class. So when you look across the ball you have respect for those guys, and you treat them with respect because football’s a physical game. And as RKK [Patriots owner Robert Kraft] would say, if you’re a turd, it’s going to come back to you.”
The whole interview is worth a watch—it's remarkably candid for anyone schooled in the art of question avoiding by Belichick. And you'll come away with a useful bit of advice: Tom Brady says not to be a turd.
[H/T: USA Today FTW]