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Tom Brady thinks Johnny Manziel needs to be more respectful

By Ryan Wilson |

Manziel might be a Heisman Trophy winner but Brady thinks he needs to tone it down. (USATSI)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is handsome, filthy rich and one of the best quarterbacks on the planet. He also has a knack, much like his coach, of not saying much when speaking to the media. Brady made an exception Wednesday during an appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box when he was asked indirectly about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy last December and was later the target of an NCAA investigation into signing illegal autographs, further tarnished his image during the Aggies' season opener against Rice, where he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

So what's Brady's take on Johnny Football?

First, here's the awkwardly worded question from Squawk Box host Joe Kernan.

"You're probably going to play against Johnny Football one day," Kernan said. "If he starts ... is he young? That's what he is, the showboating, the ... but I don't ever remember ... what's the biggest thing you've ever done in terms of flaunting? I think I've maybe seen a fist pump. That's about it, isn't it?"

And here's Brady's response:

"I get pretty emotional. I have a lot of respect for the teammates, for my teammates, for my organization, and certainly for other guys in the NFL," the quarterback said. "There's not a guy playing in the NFL who hasn't earned the right to be here, and who isn't supremely talented. He's probably been the best athlete in his high school class, in his elementary school class. So when you look across the ball you have respect for those guys, and you treat them with respect because football's a physical game. And as [Patriots owner Robert Kraft] would say, if you're a turd, it's going to come back to you."

Brady isn't the first NFL quarterback to weigh in on Manziel. Earlier this week, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco took the anti-turd view.

"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 Jim Corbett of USA Today. "But I feel like now that everybody hates him, he's quickly becoming my favorite player in college football."

Now that two of the NFL's highest-profile quarterbacks have weighed in, the real question is what does Andy Roddick think of all this?

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