Over the past two days, Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel has finally made his voice heard to the world. Following what many consider to be a Heisman-worthy season, Manziel spoke with members of the media for the first time yesterday, via teleconference, and again today in person.
To tell you the truth, I was a little skeptical in the beginning. Manziel’s arrest over the summer, not having played in a game yet. Too many variables. Granted, no one could deny his talent, but whether or not he had the ability to lead Texas A&M to the Promised Land had yet to be seen.
Guess he proved me wrong. Manziel has helped make the Aggies a force to be reckoned with in the SEC, and his ability to overcome last summer’s hiccup and become a team leader at the ripe ol’ age of 19 is something to be admired. Putting together more yards in a season than Cam Newton. Helping defeat a #1 ranked team on the road. Leading the Aggies to a #9 ranking and a 10 and 2 overall record. Unbelievable.
I had seen a few of Manziel’s interviews from high school, and he seemed to be a very articulate and intelligent guy. (I would figure you would have to be to play quarterback at the college level). But since he had been silenced all year (part of Coach Sumlin’s “no freshman allowed” media policy), no one on the national scene had witnessed much of his persona or character. Reporters always had to find out the hard way, through Twitter or Google (mug shots, saving kittens, Scooby Doo outfits). Players and coaches were bombarded with questions, not about themselves, but about Johnny Manziel.
“What kind of a kid is he?”
“Is he a leader?”
“What kind of cologne does he wear?”
In some ways, this added to the aura of Johnny Manziel. “Johnny Football: the Silent Superstar”. However, when you do finally sit down and listen to him, he presents himself as a very humble and sincere person, one who praises his teammates first and foremost for his success. Manziel repeatedly insists he doesn’t see himself as a star, simply as “Johnny Manziel, a small-town guy”.
With what we’ve heard in the past two press conferences and with many more yet to come, I’m certain that people here in Aggieland and all across the country will finally come to know more and more about the man they call “Johnny Football”.
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