Johnny Manziel turns Texas A&M Pro Day into the spectacle you would expect

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

Johnny Manziel took the field at Texas A&M football’s Pro Day to throw for receivers looking to enter the NFL Draft. It turned into exactly the spectacle you were expecting.

It came out yesterday that Johnny Manziel would officially throw at Texas A&M football’s Pro Day, and the news was met with lots of intrigue.

For a head coach that decided against blaring music during practice so he could coach his kids, a stark contrast to the previous regime, it was refreshing to see Jimbo Fisher embrace Johnny and give him a chance to throw in front of all 32 NFL teams.

Surely everyone knows they were there to see Christian Kirk. Manziel threw at University of San Diego’s Pro Day last week and only drew a crowd of 13 teams. Still, Fisher didn’t have to let it happen, and the fact that he did shows he knows how much Manziel meant to the program.

He probably also knew what kind of spectacle it would turn into, and that’s exactly what happened.

NFL studs and former Aggies Mike Evans and Myles Garrett (who happens to play for the Cleveland Browns) were each in attendance.

Given how electrifying Manziel’s career was at Texas A&M University, and the amount of controversy, drama and overall intrigue that accompanies him, it’s not that surprising to see former Aggies show up, or that television and news crews would crowd the scene.

Manziel draws eyeballs, although he would tell you he wishes that weren’t the case, according to the Washington Post.

"“Like I said the other day, this isn’t really about me,” Manziel said to start his news conference. “It’s about the guys we have out here getting drafted at A&M. … I need to thank Jimbo, Coach Fisher. I saw [about the pro day] on Twitter, and for him to just be like that and roll out the red carpet, especially at a time of my life when I don’t think I’ve made the school exactly proud all the time.”“I know sometimes when I get involved it turns in to be a little bit about me,” Manziel added. “And it’s really not. That’s why I said what I said yesterday in a tweet, this is Christian (Kirk’s) day, this is his day, this is the rest of the guy’s day that are out here trying to fulfill their dream of getting drafted and I’m just here being a part of it trying to give them some balls.”"

He has to know that is a pipe dream. While all 32 NFL teams being there is obviously about Kirk and his teammates entering the NFL Draft, the fact that it turned into a spectacle is definitely about Johnny Football, and there isn’t much he can do to change that.

To his credit, the Pro Day seemed to go very well for him. Gil Brandt tweeted the below with news from a scout in attendance:

“In 2014” is a reference to Manziel’s first Pro Day.

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots met with Johnny before and after the workout. This can only mean good things for the former Heisman trophy winner.

The Patriots took a flier on Tim Tebow, signing him to a two-year deal in 2013, although they would go on to cut him before the season started. All Manziel is looking for is an opportunity, so an invite to training camp, and one where he could learn from Tom Brady, would certainly be welcome.

Also, in case you missed it, here is Johnny throwing to Christian Kirk

What a connection that could have been.

Next: List of Aggies who worked out at Pro Day

Johnny Manziel’s comeback attempt will certainly be well-documented. Today might have been his last chance to throw in front of every NFL team. Hopefully it went as well as advertised, and if it did that could mean at least an invite to a team’s training camp is in his future.

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