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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 20, 2014 - 12:35 pm

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Monday night, Johnny Football, in a brief moment of immaturity, caused many of us to consider changing his nickname to Johnny Punk.

The heralded rookie quarterback of the Cleveland Browns brought new meaning to the phrase "digital media" when ESPN's cameras caught Johnny Manziel responding to the catcalls from the opponent's bench with what might be called a "critical cuticle."

Manziel's NFL experience now consists of two exhibition games, and while the jury is still out on how ready he is to lead a team in the pros, there is no doubt he is a gifted athlete.

But "athlete" isn't the only "a" word under "important criteria for being a successful NFL quarterback." There's that "attitude" thing. Can you imagine Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers flipping off the other team when they first entered the NFL? But as minimal an incident as it really was, can you imagine the head games Manziel is going to face now?

And Johnny, I hope you learn to ignore the distractions and have a great career. If you do, I'll salute you -- and I'll use all 5 fingers.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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