Brady Quinn knows more about the NFL than Johnny Manziel, that's a fact. He has played six more seasons than the rookie out Texas A&M, in six different teams. Quinn has thrown at least a dozen touchdowns with a career completion percentage approaching 55 percent. So when the veteran quarterback is willing to hand out sage career advice, for free no less, it would behoove the youngin' to listen.
Regarding recently surfaced footage of Manziel talking into a stack of money as if it were a telephone, Quinn, who was also once made the No. 22 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns, said that Manziel should be a better role model.
"Some people say you can work hard and play hard, but I think my biggest issue is when you're drafted in the first round, you're the face of the franchise," said Quinn, who was made the face of the Browns' franchise after finishing his senior season at Notre Dame as a Heisman finalist.
"And when you've got a video that comes out like that, I understand he's trying to have a good time and live his life off the field, but there's a little kid watching that, and now he's looking up to him as a role model and for me personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it."
Quinn holds a special place in the city of Cleveland, having lived there for nearly three years, during which he started 12 games and threw for more touchdowns (8) than he did interceptions (7). During his time on the Browns' roster, the team won 19 games, including 10 games when he was a rookie, so it's safe to say he knows something about getting off to a good start.
Quinn knows Cleveland. He called it a "blue collar town" while reminding Manziel to stay away from the bright lights of Las Vegas if he hopes to have any success in the NFL. Again, Quinn would know. He has been there.
"I just don't think it's right," Quinn said. "I don't think it's respectful to the other veteran players too right now that are probably taking care of their bodies, trying to prepare to go into a winning season right now instead of doing things like that off the field."
Quinn ranks 19th on the franchise's all-time passing list and finished with the team's 22nd-best passer rating of any quarterback with at least 200 attempts behind luminaries such as Derek Anderson, Brandon Weeden and Tim Couch. There may not be anyone who understands how to prepare better than Quinn -- he's supposedly preparing to return to the NFL right now, though due to the league's cruel tides he is without a team at the moment.
Quinn should rebound, however. He is simply too good, and too hard-working not to. I don't think I need to remind you that he has absolutely never done anything stupid, or said anything petty or self-serving, ever. Not once.