It’s a good thing for Johnny Manziel that Barry Switzer isn’t the general manager of the Texans. It’s a good thing for the Texans, too.
After saying earlier in the week he thought the Texas A&M
quarterback — and potential top overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft —
was “an arrogant little p–ck,” Switzer managed to make matters worse
While apparently attempting to compliment Manziel during an interview
with Nashville radio station WNSR, Switzer — who was the head coach
with the Cowboys and University of Oklahoma — fueled the controversy by
adding he needed his quarterbacks to be great runners: “I’ve always said
I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a
white quarterback to play for me was if his mom and daddy would have to
both be black, and that’s the only way I would do it.”
He then went on to list off some of the black quarterbacks he coached
in college, including Jamelle Holieway and J.C. Watts, leaving out Troy
Aikman, who is white, and played at Oklahoma before transferring to
UCLA. Aikman also played for Switzer in Dallas, where they won a Super
Despite the criticism of Manziel, who left Texas A&M a year early to go pro, Switzer insisted he liked him as a player.
“I would go to Johnny and I would spend time with him,” Switzer said,
“and I’d find out and base my decision on what he has to say in my
interview and my gut feeling about him then.
“This guy has got a little crap in his neck, but I’ve had a lot of
renegades … every football team does. That doesn’t mean he ain’t going
to be a good player and help win you some championships.”