Published January 02, 2014
The star quarterback from Texas A&M, who has likely has played in his last college football game, will have to wait before he can own the trademark "Johnny Football," ESPN reported.
The hold up stems from an organization called Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments, located in College Station, Texas, that made the trademark request three months prior to Manziel's corporation's filing with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, the report said.
The report said the Manziel’s team filed a letter of protest. The filing says Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments requires Manziel consent because they seek to use "Johnny Football" on jerseys and footballs. Kenneth R. Reynolds Family Investments has to prove that the name doesn't refer to Manziel, the report said.
This is not the first trademark controversy regarding "Johnny Football." Forbes.com reported back in September that a woman from Plano, Texas, received a registration certificate for “Juanito Futbol” from the USPTO.
Manziel might have played his last game at Texas A&M, but he made it a thriller as the 20th-ranked Aggies took a 52-48 win over No. 22 Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Trailing by 21 points to start the second half, Manziel guided Texas A&M on four touchdown drives after the break before Toney Hurd gave the Aggies their only lead of the game with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:33 to play.