Manziel closer to owning 'Johnny Football'

Manziel closer to owning 'Johnny Football'
March 22, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws prior to the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2013 Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.

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Johnny Manziel has said he wants to shed his Johnny Football persona. But it looks like "Johnny Football" might one day be his.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent a letter to Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments rejecting it's attempt to claim "Johnny Football." The company tried to trademark the phrase before Manziel.

"Registration is refused because the applied-for mark consists of or includes a name, portrait, or signature identifying a particular living individual whose written consent to register the mark is not of record," the examining attorney wrote, according to Manziel.

JMAN2 Enterprises, which is Manziel's organization, filed for the trademark three months after the investment firm.

They now have either six months to ask for the case to be reconsidered or appeal.

According to Rovell, Manziel's attempt to trademark "Johnny Football" was put on hold in December but will be reopened once the other trademark attempt reaches a resolution.

Manziel, who has left Texas A&M for the NFL, will likely be a first-round pick in May.

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