Johnny Manziel‘s on-the-field and off-the-field antics have left many people rooting against the Texas A&M quarterback as of late, but there are a handful of people out there still cheering for him, and one of those fans just happens to be Joe Flacco.
After taking a lot of heat for the posters of himself that started to pop up in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in preparation for the first NFL game of the season on Thursday, the Ravens quarterback began to empathize with Johnny Football.
No stranger to criticism himself, Flacco quickly jumped on the Manziel bandwagon once he noticed that everyone else had jumped off of it.
“Being hated is not a bad thing. … I don’t know if I’ll be too popular after [saying] this: I [didn’t] know how I really felt about Johnny Manziel,” Flacco told USA Today’s Jim Corbett. ”But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football.”
That’s a pretty bold statement coming from the man whose own father called him “dull.”