Heisman No Predictor of Success for Manziel

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Johnny Manziel seemingly has a lot to live up to. As the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, the Texas A&M quarterback will endure a substantial amount of scrutiny during the rest of his college career. The Heisman, given out this past weekend, is widely considered college football's most significant award. Manziel must be feeling the weight of its legacy—right?

Actually, perhaps not. Surprising as it may seem, recent history shows that he should enjoy this newfound fame while he can: Lately, there has only been a weak association between winning the Heisman Trophy and achieving professional success in football. It turns out that pundits and fans may have been obsessing over the wrong football award for the past decade and half.

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