It’s seems like a year has gone by since Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first Freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Manziel has had a whirlwind off-season, that precluded with the beginning of spring practice yesterday.
Life has been ‘chaos’ for Manziel who is taking classes to avoid the public bum rush on campus, but as he told Kirk Herbstreit on ESPN this morning, ‘he’s still the same person.”
“If somebody wants to come up to me and freak out, I don’t get it. I don’t understand it. We did a lot of great things. I’ve been so blessed to have the done the things I did individually. For me, I don’t see it that way. I still see myself as young, the same guy I was before I ever won the Heisman. Hopefully my friends still feel I’m the same way. I just want people to know I”m still the same person I’ve always been,” he said.
As we reported a few weeks ago, A&M has started to prepare for life after Manziel assuming he has another great year and declares for the 2014 NFL Draft.
During his conversation with Herbstreit, Manziel let it be known that such an exit is very possible.
“For me, the NFL is the thing that’s always been, kind of somewhat like the Heisman, it’s been a dream as a kid to be able to have an opportunity to even be talked about being able to play in the NFL,” he said. “For me I’m enjoying my time here for sure and if that comes calling, just like anybody else, the decision will have to be made. I’m very happy here and very happy with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and in college football. I love it.”
Here are a few minutes of some passing drills Manziel took part in during the first 2013 spring practice for Texas A&M yesterday.