Young Johnny Manziel snubbed for autograph by Tiger Woods
Golf Digest cover athlete Johnny Manziel tells the magazine that he was a big Tiger Woods fan as a child, and on a family vacation to Florida he had an opportunity to ask the golfer for an autograph, but it did not go well for him and a friend.
The Manziel family was at a party at the home of Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas when Johnny got word that Woods was playing on a nearby course, so he and another kid went out looking for the then World No.1.
We saw Tiger on the 16th hole and asked for his autograph, and he said to catch him right after the round. I was sitting about 100 yards from the 18th green, and he drove by in a cart and was pulling his hat really, really low. I remember him saying, "No autographs today."
The Cleveland Browns backup estimates that he was 9 or 10 years old at the time and says he tries to remember the way he felt when Woods turned him down every time he is asked for an autograph.
- Brendan Maloy