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Manziel Featured on Time' Magazine Cover

September 6, 2013

The legend of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel continued to grow on Thursday when Time magazine announced he would grace its cover.

The cover is typically home to politicians, Nobel Prize winners or movie stars, but in true Johnny Football fashion there's seemingly no barrier that the young star can't break through.

Manziel is the first college football player to grace the cover since October 1966, when Notre Dame's Jim Seymour and Terry Hanratty were featured. The last college football-themed cover was in 1980, when legendary Alabama head coach Bear Bryant was profiled.

The cover story is titled "It's time to pay college athletes," a nod to the summer controversy surrounding Manziel and his alleged profiteering from his autographs. The allegations re-ignited a national debate over whether amateurism still has a place in college sports.

The Time cover is the latest of many for Manziel, who has also graced the front of ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Texas Monthly.

Time will hit newsstands on Friday.


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