Countdown to King of Content 2014: 1. Johnny Manziel

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For four months earlier last year, Johnny Manziel had everybody fooled. Hoodwinked. Bamboozled!

Right after he announced his intentions to head to the NFL, Manziel immediately began taking measures to portray an NFL-friendly image, sending the message that his hard-partying ways were a thing of the past. He took a hiatus from social media, getting off Twitter altogether. He began working out daily with his personal QB coach, George Whitfield, in San Diego.

Manziel essentially became a football hermit. When he did media sessions, he'd talk about how he'd matured and changed and how football was the most important thing.

At this point, if you'd asked odds on Manziel capturing the King of Content title for 2014, he might not have even been on the board. How do we write about Johnny when he's not using Twitter or Instagram to give us the kindling?

To his credit, Manziel managed to keep it together until draft night, when the Browns traded up to get him with the 22nd overall pick, praying to the football gods that he would finally end their streak of futility (20 starting quarterbacks since 1999) at the sport's most important position.

How long would it take for things to unravel for Johnny? As it turned out, not long at all.

Just hours after being drafted, Manziel was spotted in New York City at a club with a champagne bottle the size of a torpedo hanging off his mouth, and within a few weeks, he was back on the weekly party grind -- in Austin, in Houston, in Vegas. If you're looking for a logo for the Summer of Johnny, 2014 edition, it's probably this....

Or this...

Or this...

All of this stuff would probably be fine (okay, maybe not fine but more tolerable) if Manziel could actually play, but it took him 13 weeks to take the starting job from Brian Hoyer and once he got his chance, he fell flat on his face, throwing for 80 yards and two awful picks in a shutout loss to the Bengals in his debut.

Manziel finished the season on the bench, getting into scuffles in the lobby of his building, throwing parties on Friday and being late for treatment on Saturday. These off-the-field peccadilloes were always part of the Johnny Football package. Ironically now, though, the only part of the Johnny Football package that Manziel appears to have left in College Station is his ability to play football.

Fortunately, for me, I don't need him to be good at football to get what I need from Johnny Manziel. As long as Johnny stays on this grind of self-inflicted wounds, I'm perfectly fine with Johnny Football being Johnny Content.

All hail the king, for the second straight year! Johnny Manziel, your 2014 King of Content!

January 6, 2014: Winter of Johnny: Johnny Football Is Back and Partying in Hollywood!

January 7, 2014: Johnny Watch: Manziel Says "We'll See" on Going to the NFL

January 9, 2014: Winter of Johnny: Manziel Announces He's Going Pro

January 13, 2014: Winter of Johnny: Manziel Takes a Twitter Vacation

February 6, 2014: Wade Phillips: "The Texans Should Draft Johnny Football"

February 18, 2014: NFL Draft 2014: Nolan Nawrocki's Annual "Character" Salvo Hits Johnny Manziel

February 25, 2014: Technology Tries to Embarrass Johnny Manziel in this 40-Yard Dash Video

March 7, 2014: Johnny Manziel Gets Paid (And Is Allowed to Acknowledge It)

March 18, 2014: Johnny Manziel Is in New McDonald's Commercial With LeBron James

March 25, 2014: The Johnny Manziel Dunk Show (w/ VIDEO)

March 28, 2014: Johnny Manziel Redefines The NFL Pro Day

April 7, 2014: Johnny Manziel Hanging Out With Marshall Henderson in Dallas (Uh-Oh!)

April 23, 2014: Merril Hoge Hates Everybody Including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney

May 5, 2014: Johnny Manziel's Odyssey Immortalized by DJ Steve Porter

May 8, 2014: Battle-Drink, NFL Draft 2014: The Johnny Manziel Era Begins

May 9, 2014: As It Turns Out, the NFL Wasn't That Into Johnny Manziel

May 23, 2014: Johnny Manziel $25 Million Hoax Lawsuit Is a GREAT Way to Start Your Weekend

May 27, 2014: Johnny Manziel Was in Vegas and Seems to Be Handling Third String Just Fine

June 2, 2014: Summer of Johnny II: Johnny Football Goes to Hollywood

June 9, 2014: Johnny Manziel Floating on an Inflatable Swan With a Champagne Bottle

June 17, 2014: Summer Of Johnny II: Johnny Manziel Spotted In Houston On The "Money Phone"!

June 25, 2014: Summer of Johnny II: Hall of Famers Not Fans of Johnny Football

July 1, 2014: Johnny Manziel Responds to Criticism by Partying With Justin Bieber

July 7, 2014: Summer of Johnny II: 4th of July in Vegas (Where Else?)

July 22, 2014: NFL Rookie QB Update: Mettenberger Sucker-Punched, Manziel Smitten, Madden Ratings Reaction (VIDEO)

July 29, 2014: Johnny Manziel Autographed Jersey Expected to Fetch $100K

August 12, 2014: Johnny Ratings: Manziel's Debut Most-Watched Preseason Game In NFL Network History

December 17, 2014: Cleveland Fans Turn on Johnny Manziel

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