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Kliff Kingsbury: Johnny Manziel wants to be greatest ever

Being the best player one can be is all some professional athletes ask of themselves, and indeed, all anyone can ask of them. For Johnny Manziel, according to former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the determination goes far beyond that.

"... being around him, he's the most competitive kid I've ever seen. He wants to be great, first and foremost -- he wants to be the best to ever play the game," Kingsbury told KTTX-FM radio in Austin, Texas, Tuesday. "So as an owner or a GM those are inherent traits that you want in one of those top picks."

The 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback won't get anywhere near that rarified air, however, unless he does something at the NFL level that he hasn't done before: win a championship. In his appearance on "Gruden QB Camp," Manziel conceded that his failure to win a championship at either the high school or college level has been a continuing source of his motivation. In two years as a starter at Texas A&M, the Aggies posted an impressive record of 20-6. But the game's greatest quarterbacks on the NFL level are frequently judged on Super Bowl success.

"I'm tired of not winning a championship. I consider myself a winner, and I hate losing," Manziel told Gruden. "Yeah, I've had a decent record, but it's not up to par. It's not up to where I want it to be. It's not acceptable. It doesn't sit well with me."

Whether Manziel can be a winning NFL quarterback can't be known until he hits the field. But if his self-described mentality is accurate, the right mindset is certainly in place.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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