Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Johnny Manziel gets all the criticism for being a little too in love with the spotlight, but I think there’s another quarterback in this year’s draft who may have him beaten in that Chasing Hollywood category.
Johnny may enjoy partying and hanging out with rappers, but as far as I know he has not yet made plans for a reality show.
The guy dipping his toe into the reality show cesspool is Alabama QB AJ McCarron.
According to The Auburn Plainsman, McCarron and his fiancee Katherine Webb have plans to turn their wedding preparations into a reality series. Webb’s sister Laurie reports that McCarron’s proposal to Katherine was shot by camera crews, and that everything up to and including the actual wedding will also be filmed.
Laurie Webb says that AJ and Katherine didn’t actually come up with this idea themselves, but were approached by outside interests.
“From what I understood, it came from someone else. I don’t think they were trying to get into a reality show, I think they just had the opportunity and decided to take it,” Laurie told the Plainsman.
So they didn’t actually initiate the concept of turning their engagement and wedding into a made-for-television spectacle, but they didn’t exactly run from the idea when it was proposed either.
Look, I’m not going to begrudge anyone the chance to make a few dollars when that opportunity comes along, so it’s fine with me if McCarron and Webb want to go down this road.
But if you’re looking at this from a draft evaluation point of view, if you’re going to be totally fair minded about it, how can you not slap McCarron with the same “red flag” that Johnny Manziel has on him?
Mike Zimmer said Manziel’s pro day was a sideshow. But that’s nothing compared to the sideshow McCarron and Webb are making of their own life.
Zimmer said he was worried about Manziel starring in commercials. What does Zimmer think of McCarron starring in a reality show with his famous fiancee?
If Manziel is a question mark for being in some commercials and playing loud rap music at his pro day, then McCarron has to be a giant question mark. McCarron to me looks like at least as much of a fame-hungry individual as Manziel.
If McCarron’s stuff doesn’t bother you, that’s fine, but then neither should Manziel’s. If Manziel’s stuff bothers you, then so should McCarron’s.
If you’re going to put red flags on guys, then do it objectively. That’s all I’m saying.