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08/14/2013 05:07 pm ET

Kirk Herbstreit Explains What Would Make Johnny Manziel 'Dumbest Player To Ever Play College Football'

AP

Is Johnny Football really Johnny Idiot? ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit says so -- if, that is, Johnny Manziel actually risked his career by autographing souvenirs for money.

Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars for signing memorabilia in Miami last January.

In an interview Tuesday, Herbstreit called the Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner the "dumbest player to ever play college football," AL.com reported. But Herbstreit's criticism comes with major context, as he was later forced to explain on social media.

Herbstreit says he meant that if Manziel indeed took the risk of putting his John Hancock on memorabilia for moolah in front of many -- a no-no that is hammered into players from the day they're recruited -- that would make him No. 1 dummy.

Herbstreit took to Twitter Wednesday to set the record straight:

(Hat tip, Bleacher Report)

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