Johnny Manziel, who played at Texas A&M University from 2011-2013, is an athletically-gifted quarterback. He received the Heisman Trophy in 2012 for being the best college football player.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the American football quarterback:
Johnny Manziel Facts #1:
Manziel has both a strong arm and quick feet. This means he is a dual-threat quarterback. When he plays in the NFL, he will probably rack up many passing yards and impressive rushing yards.
Johnny Manziel Facts #2:
As previously mentioned, he won the Heisman Trophy in 2012. When he won the trophy, he was the first freshman ever to win the award. For his incredible season, he also took home the Manning Award and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
Johnny Manziel Facts #3:
At the end of his freshman season, Manziel’s college football team played the Oklahoma Sooners football team in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic. He was able to lead his team to a 41-13 victory. He was the Offensive MVP of the game.
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Another fun fact is that his nickname is “Johnny Football.” This nickname was given to him by fans and students at the university. It should be noted that the name is a registered trademark.
Johnny Manziel Facts #5:
He comes from a family of wealth. His family earned much money through the Texas petroleum industry.
Johnny Manziel Facts #6:
Like many other athletes, he plays other sports. Some of the other sports that he plays are basketball, baseball, and golf. When he was in high school, he focused his time playing baseball and football. On a side note, he was very successful in football while in high school to the extent that he was compared to Brett Favre, Michael Vick, and Drew Brees. In my opinion, he is more like Michael Vick than any other quarterback because he is not only a dual-threat quarterback but he has had some off-the-field issues, including being arrested on June 29, 2012, for three misdemeanors.
Johnny Manziel Facts #7:
A number of college football teams also wanted Manziel to play for their school. These teams include the Baylor Bears football team, the Colorado State Rams football team, and the Stanford Cardinal football team. He ended up choosing Texas A&M because former quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley captured his interest.
Johnny Manziel Facts #8:
He has struggled at times with the attention he has received from fans and the media. For instance, he had a difficult time being at the Manning Passing Academy. There were rumors that he overslept, tweeted a comment that he would like to leave College Station after he was given a parking ticket, and he also was forced to leave a fraternity party.
Johnny Manziel Facts #9:
There was also an allegation that he accepted payments for his autographs in 2013. As a result, he was suspended for the first half of the first game of the season, against Rice University. He was suspended because it was believed that he was in “advertent violation” of NCAA rules.
Johnny Manziel Facts #10:
The last interesting fact about the football player is that he is friends with two celebrities, rap artist Drake and professional basketball player LeBron James.
Frank Schwab, “NFL Draft Under The Microscope: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel,” Yahoo! Sports.
Jeff Passan, “Johnny Manziel leaves many in Texas wondering what could’ve been if he stuck with baseball,” Yahoo! Sports.