Manziel: Woods turned down autograph request


An autograph from Tiger Woods is coveted by many young golfers - even an up-and-coming Johnny Football.

In an interview with Golf Digest, the current backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns recounted a story in which he, at age 9 or 10, tracked down Woods during an otherwise low-key practice round in Florida with the hopes of getting an autograph. He and his friends saw the former world No. 1 in action, but left the Orlando-area course empty-handed.

"We saw Tiger on the 16th hole and asked for his autograph, and he said to catch him right after the round," Manziel said. "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.'"

Now with a Heisman Trophy to his credit after a successful career under center at Texas A&M, Manziel explained that he still thinks about his encounter with Woods from time to time.

"It was a very cool lesson. When a little bit of popularity and fame first started for me, I remember thinking of that story," he said. "That kid can always be out there, and I don't want to be the guy who disappoints him, even though sometimes it might be out of my control."

As for a reunion with Woods, now that Manziel is a bit more recognizable than he was at age 10?

"If I ever run into Tiger at Nike or somewhere, it'll be a funny story."