Johnny Manziel’s family will attempt to trademark the “Johnny Football” nickname that has stuck itself to the Texas A&M quarterback.
The freshman quarterback is in a rich vein of form and produced another winning performance in Texas’s victory over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
His family is now determined to make sure others don’t cash in on Manziel’s hard-earned nickname while the run of Aggies victories continues. However, the Manziel family’s “Johnny football” trademark could hit obstacles, says ESPN Business Reporter Darren Rovell:
“Scoring a trademark often depends on using the mark in actual commerce, which means it could be years before the Manziel family actually owns it. It is also not clear at this time whether Manziel or someone else deserves to even own the trademark.”
Nobody know the true origins of Manziel’s nickname, though it’s likely plenty of people at his school in College Station, Texas will claim the idea for themselves.
Whatever the outcome of the Manziel family’s bid to trademark “Johnny Football,” one thing is certain: Manziel remains hot property in the NCAA. Saturday’s victory over Alabama saw the Kerr, Texas local become the first freshman to defeat the No. 1 team in the nation on the road, while he also leads the SEC in rushing.