Johnny Manziel was born on December 6, 1992, in Tyler, Texas. He has played QB for the Texas A&M Aggies and is the current backup QB for the Cleveland Browns. He joined the NFL in 2014. The Heisman trophy player is one of the most popular players in the NFL, even before stepping on a football field.
10 interesting facts about Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy.
Johnny Manziel is the first freshman Quarterback and 5th player in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Johnny Manziel received his nickname, “Johnny Football,” prior to ever playing a down at Texas A&M. It was given to him for his amazing performance in high school and has since been trademarked by Manziel.
Johnny Manziel comes from a family that made it’s wealth in the oil speculation business. It is folk lore that his great-grandfather in the 1930s was given the seed money to drill for oil by former Heavyweight Champion of the World Jack Dempsey.
Johnny Manziel played three sports growing up, football, baseball golf and basketball. On a trip to California, after winning the Heisman trophy, Manziel claims to have shot a 79 at Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Johnny Manziel who rooted for Texas growing up was never offered a scholarship. He was committed to going to Oregon to play for Chip Kelly bu changed his mind after talking to A&M QB coach Tom Rossley and instead went to Texas A&M.
Johnny Manziel signed with Lebron James childhood friend sports agency to represent him. Maverick Carter, the founder of LRMR Agency is Lebron’s agent and since Manziel was a celebrity before even getting drafted and seen hanging with James and other celebs, this news wasn’t startling.
Johnny Manziel was arrested in June of 2012 for a bar fight and for possessing two fake IDs in College Station, Texas.
Johnny Manziel signed an undisclosed endorsement deal with Nike but it is rumored to be he largest contract ever given to an NFL rookie.
Johnny Manziel is rumored to be the guy that New England QB Tom Brady called to ask for advice on how to move better in the pocket. Hard to believe and I suspect it is nonsense.
Sources: Aggie Athletics, Johnny Manziel, My San Antonio, ESPN, The Sporting News, Famous Birthdays, Wall Street Cheat Sheet, The Dallas Morning News
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