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Hall of Fame QBs Joe Montana, Warren Moon say Browns rookie Johnny Manziel should keep lower profile

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 25, 2014

Everybody seems to have an opinion about the off-field behavior of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Among those who have weighed in on Manziel’s persistent partying:

*Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith

*Manziel’s former Texas A&M teammates Mike Evans and Jake Matthews

*Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden

*Former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn

*Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath

Now we can add Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Warren Moon the growing list.

Montana shared his advice for Manziel tonight during an appearance on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access.

“I think the biggest thing is, ‘Hey you’ve made it to where you want to be. Everybody wants to have fun up there. But unfortunately, you’re in a fish bowl even more so than he was in college,’” Montana said. “I always go back to an old saying [legendary San Francisco 49ers coach] Bill Walsh told me after we won our first Super Bowl. I was going everywhere [and] trying to do everything. He called me in and said, ‘I just want to tell you one thing. I understand what you’re doing. We may never get back to another Super Bowl. But just remember this, the less people see you, the more they want to see you.’ Basically, he was saying its OK to do some things, but try to cut it back, but don’t forget about football because that’s got where you to where you are. That’s what’s going to keep you there. You got to make sure you spend the time on football as much as getting out and about.”

And Moon offered his thoughts on Manziel tonight during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“My biggest problem with him, and it’s something I think he just has to get used to and temper down a little bit, all guys are going to go out and have a good time, quarterbacks, all different positions, but you don’t want to make it as public,” Moon said. “You want to keep more of a low profile when you are out having a good time. He tends to make it more of a high-profile thing when he’s out, so that just opens out all this speculation and criticism by everybody out here in the world whether it’s in the media part of it or just in social networking and that. And it gives everybody a chance to have an opinion about him, and a lot of that he brings upon himself by exposing everything that he does.

“When I was playing the game, I went to Vegas. There’s nothing wrong with going to Las Vegas, and I’m sure he wasn’t the only player in Las Vegas that particular weekend. But for some reason because he let it get out there, it opens up that type of exposure. So he needs to be more low key about the things that he does, and as long as he’s putting in the work off the field and on the field to become the best quarterback he can be, I have no problems with what he’s doing except for the fact that he needs to keep more of a low profile.”

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