Johnny Football speaks out for the first time on-camera

POSTED: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 5:21pm

For the entire football season, Aggie fans have been wondering what A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel thinks of all the hype surrounding "Johnny Football" and his chance at becoming the first freshman Heisman winner ever.

But due to a rule by Head Coach Kevin Sumlin, he hasn't been allowed to talk to the media until now.

Hagnar Auditorium on A&M's campus is packed as hundreds wait to hear Johnny Manziel speak out for the first time about his whirlwind freshman season.

"This is my first chance to stand up in front of a camera and let you all know just a little bit about who I am," said Manziel.

Manziel, better known as Johnny Football, talked about everything from his childhood growing up in Tyler and Kerrville, TX to his recent arrest this summer in College Station.

Now with his sudden fame and record-breaking success on the field, he says he hasn't let that go to his head.

"I see myself as Johnny Manziel from Kerrville, Texas who just likes to hang out with my friends and be a normal college student like anyone else."

But it has caught the attention of thousand of football fanatics, not just here in Aggieland, but all across the nation and now Johnny is the frontrunner for the coveted Heisman Trophy.

"To bring the Heisman Trophy back to Aggieland for all these fans and all the years of football since we've had a winner, it's truly an ultimate goal, especially for this team."

If he wins, Johnny would be the first freshman to ever win the title.

Coach Sumlin has said his numbers speak for himself but Johnny says it's not something he's too concerned with right now.

"People have their different opinions about that but I just think that situation will play itself out," said Manziel. "Like I said, it goes to the most outstanding player, and if that happens to be me then that's something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

The Heisman winner will be announced December 8th in New York.

Until then, Johnny Football fans will continue the "HeisManziel" campaign.

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