That would be a terrific example for Manziel to follow, one that should fit naturally in the narrative that Thursday night helped create.
Of course, the difference is that Rodgers went to the Packers, a franchise steeped in history. Manziel went to the Browns, a franchise that hasn't hit on a franchise quarterback in forever and has been mired in controversy since Jimmy Haslam bought the team. They have been the picture of instability. They've been a franchise adrift and unable to rebuild and make smart decisions. From Tim Couch to Brandon Weeden, they've made one mistake after another.
And now Manziel steps in, a Heisman Trophy winner with moxie and confidence.
Browns fans will love the pick. There were a handful of them at the draft, and as Manziel spoke to the media they howled and chanted in the background, calling Manziel "Johnny Cleveland" and calling him "a legend."
There will be high expectations on Manziel for sure, but the good news is that he is going to be working with an offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan who had success with another dynamic quarterback who made astounding plays with his legs. Shanahan helped Robert Griffin III become the offensive rookie of the year two years ago. There's no reason to think he can't do the same with Manziel.
For his part, Manziel said he is dedicated to reaching his "ceiling." He said that there was "no list or bitterness or grudge" against the teams that passed on him. He also acknowledged that there were decisions he made in his past that he would like to have back, decisions that taught him valuable lessons about celebrity and responsibility.
We will see if that is true. It is up to Manziel to show that Thursday night made him better. Whether he wants to admit it or not, it probably was the best thing that could have happened to his upcoming NFL career.