Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/8/14
Reigning Heisman winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has arguably had the most tumultuous offseason in the history of college football.It seems as though no more than a few days pass by until another story surfaces about Manziel's whereabouts or activities. And this along with other issues is particularly troubling to his parents.Wright Thompson recently penned a feature piece on the controversial sophomore-to-be for ESPN The Magazine, which takes a deep look at the fear his parents have for their son's well-being.“He ate Skittles, drank beer, and won the Heisman," Manziel's father, Paul, said.The first two are completely normal for a freshman to do in college. But the last part is something that no other freshman football player in history had been able to do prior to Manziel, of course. However, the magnitude of winning the award has brought a huge amount of scrutiny upon the 20-year-old, scrutiny that most people would agree the signal caller wasn't ready for.The following is Paul's reaction to his son's arrest in 2012.After Johnny got arrested, Paul, never a heavy drinker, quit drinking altogether, to set an example. He feels the time slipping away.“He’ll grow up,” Paul says. “He’ll fight the same thing with his son. And his son will think he knows it all. It’s a cycle. Right? I think that’s the toughest relationship in the world, fathers and sons.”After his arrest, Johnny’s parents and Sumlin mandated he visit an alcohol counselor; Johnny saw him six or seven weeks during the season. About the only place they still see the real him is on the football field.“Yeah,” Paul says one evening, driving in his car, “it could come unraveled. And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”Manziel's father also said the reason the two don't play golf together anymore is because his son has a major temper. “…he still needs love. He still needs guidance. He still needs to see he’s wrong — and how to control his temper. And if I give up on him, who’s gonna take over? The school sure the hell isn’t gonna do it.”His mom, Michelle, chronicled a time when Manziel appeared overwhelmed at his celebrity status.His mother remembers the moment she first understood that the change was affecting her son. After the shocking Alabama win, the one that earned Johnny the Heisman, a crowd gathered near the Texas A&M bus, pushing forward, crushed together, trying to see the star emerging from the locker room. Michelle watched as state troopers battled their way through the crowd with him. She saw the look in his eyes, one she’d never seen on a football field: panic and fear.The Manziel's are so worried for their son and his safety that they hired bodyguards along with one of his high school friends to serve as a personal assistant. The friend goes by the name of "Uncle Nate" and had to drop out of college in order to work for Manziel.Nate dropped out of school this year to act as Johnny’s assistant and manager, handling media requests and helping coordinate the bodyguards from Houston whom Johnny’s parents would like them to hire whenever they go out, making sure there’s someone around to defuse a confrontation before it begins. Leaving the house brings swarms of people and accompanying drama. “We have to have our own security paid for by us,” Nate says, and by “us” he means Johnny’s mom and dad.Via USA TODAY

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