“Johnny Football” wasn’t making money as a quarterback at Texas A&M, so he turned to signing memorabilia.
Former Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel joined Barstool Sports’ “Bussin With The Boys” podcast, and admitted what we already knew — he made money in college off of his signature.
In 2013, the NCAA investigated Manziel for allegedly signing autographs at several locations — a clear violation of NCAA rules regarding player compensation. As reported by ESPN, the investigation revolved around a handful of autograph dealers who claimed that Manziel had signed over 4,000 items in exchange for payments at an event in Connecticut in January of 2013.
Texas A&M and the NCAA announced that Manziel was in violation of an NCAA rule which prohibited student-athletes from allowing their names or likeness to “be used for commercial purposes.” Manziel’s punishment — a suspension for the first half of Texas A&M’s 2013 season opener — was widely mocked for being too lenient.
Manziel denied making any money