By SI Wire
October 03, 2014

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he plans to offer support to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

"He's a guy I want to help in as many ways as I can," Manziel said of Winston.

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy while leading the Seminoles to a national championship last season, was suspended for the team's recent game against Clemson for shouting an obscene phrase on campus. Winston has led Florida State to a 4-0 record while throwing for 991 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season.

The sophomore was previously involved in a sexual assault investigation dating to December 2012, but the state attorney's office announced last December that he would not face any charges. He was suspended from the Florida State baseball team after being cited in April for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012 and has drawn attention for his vibrant off-field life. He declared for the NFL draft this offseason after playing two seasons (and redshirting one) with the Aggies. Manziel was selected in the first round by the Cleveland Browns but has sat behind veteran Brian Hoyer.

Asked about the burden of winning college football's most prestigious individual award, Manziel said, "It's heavier than the trophy is itself."

- Chris Johnson

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