Winter of Johnny: Manziel Announces He's Going Pro
Since about the time he led Texas A&M to an upset of then-number one Alabama in Tuscaloosa back in November of 2012, speculation on where Texas A&M quarterback and eventual 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel might get drafted has been varied and the debate has been furious.
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Well, now we will officially find out.
In one of the least surprising turn of events of the offseason, Manziel announced on Wednesday that he would be heading to the NFL, a conclusion so foregone that it feels like Manziel probably had it on a handwritten to-do list for the day yesterday, right in between "pick up dry cleaning" and "text Drake," and around noon, he merely crossed it off and went on with his day.
Manziel did take the time to issue this statement through the university in announcing his intentions:
"After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL draft," Manziel said. "The decision was not an easy one, but we all felt this was the right time to make the next step toward a professional career. My experiences here and the support of this school, coach [Kevin] Sumlin, chancellor [John] Sharp, my teammates, my classmates and Aggie football fans everywhere will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life. I'll always be an Aggie."
Manziel also penned a separate, more lengthy letter to Aggie fans through TexAgs.com, captured in this tweet:
Johnny's farewell to Aggieland: pic.twitter.com/nYOk0hkc3P— TexAgs.com (@TexAgs) January 8, 2014
Finally, Manziel did an exclusive sit-down interview with Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com where he reflected on his time in College Station and discussed in greater detail the reasons behind his decision.
Manziel's place in college football lore and Aggie history are both undeniable.
In two years, there was no player more prolific in SEC history, as Manziel broke Cam Newton's record for total yards when he went for 5,116 yards in winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman, and followed that up with 4,873 yards as a redshirt sophomore in 2013. In two seasons, he led the Aggies to a 20-6 overall record and two bowl wins, a blowout of Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl and then a heart pounding comeback over a 10-win Duke team in December's Chick Fil A Bowl.