Johnny Manziel applies for 'The House That Johnny Built' trademark

Friday April 4th, 2014

Johnny Manziel applies for "The House That Johnny Built" trademark Texas A&M's Kyle Field will undergo major renovations before the start of the 2015 season. (Erich Schlegel/SI)

Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback prospect that some NFL teams seem to believe has more interest in being a celebrity than a successful signal-caller, is applying for a trademark that will only add to the concerns those teams already had.

According to Darren Rovell of, Manziel has applied for a trademark of the phrase “The House That Johnny Built,” along with a few others including "Johnny Football."

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Manziel could run into a problem, however.

Fitch Estate Sales, a company owned by the family of Nate Fitch, or "Uncle Nate" as he was known during Manziel's autograph scandal, currently owns the trademark. According to a lawyer for the Fitch family, Fitch and Manziel were expected to work together to reach an agreement.

The trademark reportedly has to do with the $450 million renovation of Texas A&M's Kyle Field, which is set to conclude in 2015.

While it's hard to fault Manziel for his desire to lock up as many trademarks as possible and maximize his value, that same desire could be a huge turn-off for the teams that already are unhappy with the spectacle that comes from Manziel's celebrity status.

Manziel is one of the most polarizing figures in the 2014 NFL draft class, but he is still expected to be selected in the top 10 of the draft despite the off-field hoopla.

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