Manziel returns to the top

For the second time in three weeks, the Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel has voted Johnny Football to the top of the rankings. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M's freshman quarterback, broke the SEC record for total offense with his performance last week, and the last two guys to do that -- Cam Newton and Tim Tebow -- won the Heisman Trophy.

Last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, is still making noise at the NFL level. RG3 went into JerryWorld on Thanksgiving and gave Redskins fans even more to be thankful for, tossing four touchdowns to lead Washington to victory over the rival Cowboys. Griffin could be the NFL's offensive rookie of the year. He also has a Heisman vote -- no word on whether he's on the Johnny Football bandwagon.

Coming in third was a football star of a different kind: Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star is fast approaching the record for most goals in a calendar year.

That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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