Yes, Johnny Football Manziel is now being called Johnny Heisman! I love it! Johnny Mania is taking over at A&M, and it could not have come at a better time. I think what makes the fact that Manziel won the Heisman in the first place is because it was so unexpected. Most Heisman winners start out the year on some arbitrary list. But Manziel was barely on the list for starting quarterbacks at Texas A&M. We didn’t know what to expect from him or the Aggies this year, and because of Manziel, his ability as a quarterback and his attitude of never giving up, that all changed as the season progressed.
I remember when his name came up in the same sentence as a Heisman contender. It was just after the Ol’ Miss game in which the Aggies came from behind in the fourth quater to win the game. I think that was when it was first mentioned. It was a signal to us that the Aggies were no longer the team to lose in the last few minutes, like there were last year. With that win, we saw the never-say-die attitude of this red-shirt freshman quarterback.
But the cascade truly began after A&M upset Alabama in Tuscaloosa on November 10, 29-24. The fact that the Aggies jumped out to a 20-0 lead shocked the Crimson Tide faithful. And the fact that our defense stepped up and prevented A.J. McCarron from rising to new heights as the come-from-behind hero. His pass was intercepted in the end zone, sealing the victory for the Aggies and the Heisman for Manziel. Manziel had displayed his talents and abilities on the national scene and everyone was impressed.
That had to be the most exciting game in A&M history. To beat the defending national champions and eventual national champions is truly an exceptional feat. I know, the Tide hasn’t won the National Championship yet, but I don’t give Notre Dame much of a chance. In fact, I’m hoping the Roll Tide does just that and the SEC gets its 7th consecutive national title. It will make the A&M victory over Bama all that much more special.
I also love what has taken place because A&M was only picked to go to a minor bowl at best. No one could have imagined the Aggies would end up at 10-2, and were only two or three plays from playing for the SEC championship. But we can’t live in the world of “what ifs.” It’s too disparaging.
I really am excited about Manziel bringing the Heisman to A&M. We finally have something fun to cheer about. The beauty of this is that there will be more to cheer about next year. Unlike the last few Heisman winners, Manziel isn’t going anywhere. He will return to A&M and play as a sophomore quarterback. Hopefully, his ability will only improve and he will be on the Heisman list once again. He is that good and should be considered if he repeats his performance. He is so much fun to watch, here are a few videos that I want to share with you.
Please click on the link, since I cannot get it to embed. Johnny Legend Continues… I have to admit that I get tears in my eyes every time I watch it! Our guy! Texas A&M’s Quarterback!!! won the Heisman trophy. When you have followed A&M as long as I have, you know how phenomenal that truly is. Most of us cannot even name more than a handful of A&M quarterbacks, and now A&M has the best in the nation!
Also, watch the crowds response here to the announcement.