The Long Con: How The Manziels Conquered America

When news broke eight days ago that reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel faces an NCAA investigation into whether he sold autographs, the college football world reacted with either confusion or outright skepticism. After all, the press had created an image of the Manziel family that suggested something out of TV’s DallasWright Thompson’s recent ESPN The Magazinefeature alluded to the “Texas oil fortune” that “still funds the family.” As Manziel’s father, Paul, told Thompson, “It’s not Garth Brooks money, but it’s a lot of money.” If Johnny Football’s so rich, the thinking went, why would he stoop to selling autographs for pocket change?

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