NFL’s Cult of Personality

DATELINE: QB Turnstile

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With the latest infractions (driving drunk while beating his girlfriend, a combo deal) casting aspersions on Johnny Manziel, the NFL has gingerly trod again on one of its projects as a new generation of quarterback superstars. Yeah, it’s investigating reluctantly.

For years the NFL has been trying to make more monsters than Dr. Frankenstein. Their midway treatment of young QBs is tantamount to a publicity campaign for Edsels in the 1950s.

They have for several years been looking for a replacement superstar for Peyton Manning—and their prodigal son, Tom Brady. The NFL’s desperation has grown this season by leaps and interceptions: Manning appears to be sinking faster than the Titanic—and the NFL has decided to cast Tom Brady adrift.

So, popovers like Manziel have been touted as rising stars. Drunkards and wife beaters may also apply for a job with the NFL as a star-in-the-making.

For years the NFL tried to foist Tony Romo upon the world as a successor to Manning. Yet, after a couple of seasons without much to show, that horse seems beaten to a pulp. They have gone with Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck, neither of whom has shown much more than quick blooming promise and a dud bud.

We have seen them go through characters like Mike Vick (no longer to be called Michael as he has been rechristened as a new person). They have driven promise out of QBs like Mark Sanchez.  They seem unimpressed with Eli—always looking for the next Mr. Right as if he were a dating game contestant like Mr. Goodbar or Mr. Goodell.

The only legitimate figure of recent years has been Aaron Rogers, though the NFL has not fully embraced him for reasons of subterfuge at the Goodell offices. Russell Wilson has been sinking in the west. Instead, they try to uplift names like Dalton and Fitzpatrick, though the buying fans of DraftFan and DuelKings seem unwilling to part with their gambling winnings on these ringers.

In the meantime, the NFL continues to persecute Tom Brady as if trying to drive him into retirement before he can win another Super Bowl.