Aaron Rodgers likes Johnny Manziel — both as a quarterback and in the way the Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback handles the spotlight.
Although Manziel would surely like to become the quarterback Rodgers has for the Green Bay Packers, in some ways Rodgers has become more like Manziel when it comes to handling the limelight that comes with being an NFL star.
Case in point: After Rodgers was photographed recently by Us Weekly magazine holding hands and kissing his new girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn, he said he was not bothered by what earlier in his career he would have described as an invasion of his privacy.
“I’m just going to live my life and enjoy my relationship and realize that comes with it,” Rodgers said during an interview on Monday. “I still enjoy what little privacy I have left, and I’m going to hold on to that. But I’m not going to let that stuff bother me in ways that it used to.”
In that regard, he said he admires how Manziel has handled all the attention that has come with being “Johnny Football.”
“His talent speaks for itself, but you know what, I think he has kept the right attitude through all of this,” Rodgers said. “He’s a young guy doing what young guys do, and he’s enjoying life. He’s had some opportunities to do some pretty cool things — sitting courtside at games and whatnot — but he can’t control the people taking pictures of him. He can’t control the people wanting to be around him. He can control where he’s at, and I’m sure he learned a little more about some of the reaction he’s going to get when he does go to Vegas or whatnot.
“But he’s on his off time. He’s on a weekend in Vegas when he doesn’t have to be at the facility. He should feel comfortable doing exactly what he wants to do, and I don’t think he’s done anything wrong.”
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