It’s finally official. We all expected Johnny Manziel to enter the NFL Draft after his redshirt sophomore season, but as every Aggie counted down the days to the end of the 2013 season, hope for one more year grew by the minute. As the Chick-Fil-A bowl came to a close speculation of Johnny’s decision skyrocketed as false hopes and realistic expectations flooded social and national media outlets.
Yesterday we finally started to put the pieces together with the news that Johnny had chosen to be represented by the same marketing agency as LeBron James. Though no official declarations were made at the time we all took this as the first blow in the inevitable one two combination everyone was expecting. The second knockout blow came today when word was released by the NFL that Johnny had submitted his paperwork to declare himself for the NFL Draft. The only piece left is the formality of Johnny publicly declaring his intentions.
Now it’s time to reflect on the legend of Johnny “Football” Manziel. The redshirt freshman that no one outside of A&M and Texas high school football had ever heard of. The starting quarterback that lead Texas A&M and new head coach Kevin Sumlin into the SEC. The brash signal caller who took the college football world by storm with his escapability and astonishing playmaking ability. The first freshman to ever with the Heisman. The record setting performances. The come from behind wins. The never say die mentality. The off the field antics. The chip on his shoulder attitude. The never before seen celebrity status that transcended sports. But more than anything… The most exciting player in college football history.
Thank you Johnny for what you did for Texas A&M University, thank you for what you did for the Texas A&M football program, thank you for slingshotting Texas A&M into the national spotlight, thank you for entertaining a nation, and thank you for helping solidify the future of Texas A&M.