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Aggieland celebrates the 12th Man, Manziel and Heisman

POSTED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 6:36pm

After a whirlwind four days in New York meeting with some of the biggest names in the sports world, Aggieland's own Johnny Manziel finally came home to a crowd of more than a thousand people.

Lauren Holman was there last night as fans celebrated Johnny's historic win on a historic day for the 12th Man -- 12-12-12.

It was a homecoming fit for a king.

Riding in on the back of a convertible, Johnny Football, along with some of his fellow award-winning teammates were greeted by thousands of Aggies welcoming Manziel home from New York

"The Davey O'Brien award winner to the nation's best quarterback and your 2012 freshman Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Manziel," boomed the voice of Kyle Field.

The crowd, filled with Aggies of all ages, erupted as Johnny took the stage.

"Howdy! First off let me tell you, these guys have one more year but I have three more years."

13-year-old Jordan Matthews was one of the thousands waiting to see Johnny Football off the field and out of his uniform in person for the first time.

"It's very exciting because you know a lot of people won't ever get to see this in their lifetime," said Jordan. "It hasn't happened since 1950 something so it's pretty special."

And with the lift of a red velvet cloth, Johnny Football unveiled his Heisman trophy to the crowd.

"It's going to be one that I'm going to tell my kids and grandkids about one day, It's so exciting," said a fan.

"This is big for our university," said Roy Lopez. "Something we've been looking for for many, many years and to have it on the 12th day of the 12th year, I mean come on, that's 12-12-12. That's what the 12th Man is all about."

As the celebration came to an end Wednesday night, Johnny and his teammates all had one thing on their mind.

"I'm looking forward to the Cotton Bowl with all my brothers out here to beat the hell outta OU. Thanks for all the support this year. I couldn't have done it without you. To the best student body ever, thanks and Gig 'Em!"

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