For the first time ever, players have been allowed to choose their own walk-up music to be played at Radio City Music Hall if and when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls their names during the first round of the draft Thursday.
What fun! Here's a chance for some of the best young athletes out there to really get creative or send out a message as they are being introduced to their new team's fans for the first time.
Or a chance for them to blare some overplayed, cringe-inducing track that will serve primarily to boost their own egos.
Which brings us to everybody's favorite young prospect, former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, a guy who has been trying to shed his Johnny Football image but has been known to make some questionable decisions in the past.
So let's help the guy out. First of all, he should probably avoid songs that remind us of those past mistakes -- that rules out such catchy tunes as "Party Rock Anthem," "All About the Benjamins," "Party In the USA," "Billionaire," "Party All the Time," whatever that song was from about 10 years ago that said "Hey, must be the money!" over and over ... and so on.
Also, nothing that makes him look too greedy -- like "Give Me Everything" or "I Wanna Be Rich" -- or cocky -- like "I'm the Man" or "Simply the Best." Unfortunately that also eliminates one of the best songs ever, "You're the Best Around" from the original "Karate Kid" movie. But trust us, Johnny, it's better this way.
So what does that leave us with? I'm thinking he should go with something inspiring, that shows he's ready for greatness but not quite there yet. Maybe something like "Edge of Glory" or "The Climb."
Or if he really wants to send a message to his new team -- and show a sense of humor as well -- he could go with "Johnny B. Goode."
Those are just off the top of my head. What suggestions do you have for Mr. Manziel?Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times