I’m one of about 1,000 folks who have an official say in this. I have been for a couple of years now. And I try to take it very, very seriously, because it matters. So I gave this a lot of thought. I really favored Klein, to be honest. But in the end I went with Te’o. I could have made a case for all of them and not been wrong. I put Manziel third. I’m probably in the minority. But that’s my story and there’s no going back.
The only thing that’s certain is somebody’s life is never going to be the same. If it’s Manziel, he’ll have almost too much to live up to. Tebow would finish third as a junior, when the Gators won the national title, and fifth as a senior, when they were unbeaten and ranked No. 1 before losing to Alabama (and eventual winner Mark Ingram) in the SEC title game. And if it’s not Manziel, well, Peterson suffered injuries the next two years and didn’t finish in the top 10. Then he left early for the pros. Sometimes you only get one real shot, even when youth is on your side.
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