Posted By LambChop
The true Hollywood story of Johnny Football.
From Sports Illustrated and NYT.com:
"Ever since I was a kid, I felt like I would be the leader of whatever team I'm on - the guy who is happy to carry the load," Manziel said. "That's just how it has always been. Now that I'm on a bigger level, it's a bigger deal and I'm sure in college it will be even bigger. I just have to make sure it's the same way at every level of the game."
The nominees for the Heisman Memorial Trophy are in. Every year an electorate with 928 sports journalists, former Heisman winners and fans will determine which college football player has the most outstanding performance and best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.
Texas A&M’s freshman Quarterback, Johnny Manziel, is in the running. Manziel broke Cam Newton's SEC total offense record in two fewer games than Newton played in his 2010 Heisman season. Manziel's numbers (3,419 passing yards, 24 passing TDs, 1,181 rushing yards, and 19 rushing TDs) are undeniable. Manziel is the first quarterback in SEC history (only the fifth player ever in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision) to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. Upon surpassing 4,600 yards, he set a new SEC record for total yards in a season. Manziel holds a Texas A&M record of logging eight straight games with 300 or more total yards.
Manziel is an exception in other ways as well. The redshirt freshman was granted the ability to talk to the sports media after Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin relaxed the rule that banned Aggie first-year players speaking to the media.
Manziel is a legend in Texas circles, hailing from dual hometowns of Tyler and Kerrville, Texas. When not rescuing kittens by the side of the road or dressing up as Scooby Doo on Halloween, Manziel is a regular kid. Growing up, he played Michael Vick in video games. In the backyard, Manziel imagined himself as John Elway or Doug Flutie. He also used the create-a-player option in the NCAA Football game to genetically engineer quarterbacks who would post such absurd numbers that they would win the Heisman as freshmen. They would have rocket launchers for arms and blazing speed. "I probably made him 6-6, 230 pounds," Manziel said.
Known for his size (he is mall by standards today 6’1” and 200 lbs) there is no denying his athleticism. A true dual-threat quarterbacks, Manziel more proud of his passing than his running or his freelancing. Manziel went to camps as a junior hoping to field college offers but left being passed by most. Manziel even committed to Oregon before getting an offer from Texas A&M.
Manziel was born in Tyler. His parents are Michelle and Paul Manziel. He has one sister. He played a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf and football. At Tivy High School in Kerrville the dual focus became football and baseball. His freshman and sophomore years, Manziel played wide receiver, starting game 4 of his sophomore year as quarterback. In High School, Manziel was honored as District 28-4A MVP (unanimous selection); Class 4A First Team All-State (AP), San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year (second year in a row); the Associated Press Sports Editors Texas Player of the Year, Sub-5A First Team All-Area (SA Express-News), No. 1 QB in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, DCTF Top 300, Prep Star All-Region and Super-Prep All-Region. He was the only quarterback in America named as a Parade All-American his senior year, and was awarded Senior Athlete of the Year in football by The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA).
"I went to TCU the summer before my senior year [in high school], went to a couple of camps," Manziel said. "I really tried to get an offer. I ended up leaving camp and never got an offer."
Manziel was courted by Colorado State Rams, Baylor Bears, Iowa State Cyclones, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Rice Owls, Wyoming Cowboys, Stanford Cardinals, and Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane.
Manziel’s grandmother Pat bout how a Manziel has never met a stranger, or always fights for a friend. Manziel is a fun-loving kid, and at times maybe had “too much fun,” skipping class and sweet-talking his way out of trouble. His father made him a deal: he would buy Manziel a new car if he stayed away from alcohol during his junior and senior years in high school. One summer night, Manziel went to Wal-Mart to buy a phone charger, the security guard smelled alcohol and the police were called. Manziel denied he had been drinking but was taken to jail. The next day, his father picked him up, sold the car and replaced it with a busted pickup truck that would repeatedly break down on the way to school. He refused to pay the fine for his son, and when the judge sentenced Manziel to 10 hours of community service, John Paul said: Make it 20.
Manziel has also made mistakes on the college level – he was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors -- disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver's license in connection with a bar fight.
John Paul met with the first-year Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Johnny Manziel was to be subject to random drug testing, undergo drug and alcohol counseling, complete more community service and have a daily schedule “mapped out to the minute,” John Paul said. “I’m going to hold him accountable; I’m going to make a man out of him,” John Paul said, adding that he knew the N.F.L. was his son’s goal. “He wasn’t going to get there the way he was walking.”
Looks like Johnny Football has grown up – and acquired the heart of a champion.
Wt: 193 lbs
Forty: 4.53 secs
Bench max: 210 pounds
Squat max: 375 pounds
Vertical: 31 inches
Shuttle: 3.98 secs
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