FOOTBALL NEWS: JOHNNY MANZIEL WINS HEISMAN TROPHY 2012
USA’s No.1 Sports Story is: Johnny Manziel Wins Heisman Trophy: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel becomes the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
ESPN reports: One year ago, Johnny Manziel had spent a year at Texas A&M, still hadn’t played a down and found himself without a coach. Texas A&M had fired Mike Sherman, the head coach for whom Manziel had turned down Oregon and Stanford, as well as his staff.
“It was heartbreaking to see them go,” Manziel said. “For me, that was a tough time. There was a time when I didn’t really know where I was going to go from there,” Manziel said. “My fate was kind of up in the air… I mean, it’s always a dream. You dream about being in New York and hoisting the Heisman Trophy. But for it to become a reality and me to even be here, it’s crazy.”
That victory turned Manziel into a national figure. He stopped watching “SportsCenter.” He didn’t want to hear the raves about Johnny Football.
“If you work hard enough and you put in the time and effort, that’s not going to happen. If you continue to strive to try to be the best football player in the entire world, which I want to be, I think good things will happen… How thankful I am for Coach Sumlin, Coach Kingsbury and Dr. [Eric] Hyman, [the athletic director] and everybody involved in the program,” Manziel said.
Manziel is the second Texas A&M player to win the Heisman. A span of 55 years separates him from Aggie halfback John David Crow. Legend has it that Crow became the front-runner to win the 1957 Heisman when his coach, Bear Bryant, said, “If they don’t give it to him, they ought to stop giving it.”
More than a half-century later, a new generation of voters said the same thing about Johnny Football.
(Humble and funny). Click on Johnny’s pic to see USA’s feel good football sports story this holiday season. Nice one. A good story for football mad American families at Christmas and Hannukah time. Gives NFL football audiences a new zing too. Good on Johnny. What a heist winning the Heisman over his older competitors. A highly unusual attainment at 20. Chur!
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