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Manziel makes Johnny Pro Football move official

Johnny Manziel, Jermauria Rasco AP

And there you have it.  After months of speculation indicating that Johnny Manziel would be leaving College Station after two seasons as the starter, Johnny Football has done just that.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon to The 12th Man, the now-former Texas A&M confirmed the inevitable by announcing that he has decided to make himself available for the May NFL draft.  Manziel said his decision “was not an easy one” and that it came after consultation with “family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

In a phone conversation with Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com, Manziel acknowledged “I feel very relieved” now that the decision has been made and that “[i]t’s a weight off my shoulders.”

Almost from the moment he became the first freshman — redshirt or otherwise — to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel became the focus of an intense off-field spotlight that seemingly scrutinized his every move.  While the offseason was rather noisy on the Manziel front, the 2013 season itself was refreshingly quiet, with the player — and the media — intent on focusing, for the most part, the on-field portion of his larger-than-life persona.

Still, the NFL question was never far from the mind, especially with tweets like “Bull**** like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station” reminding everyone to enjoy Manziel while they can at this level.  With his draft projections continuing to rise seemingly by the day — a top-five slot is certainly not out of the question — combined with the constant drama of the past offseason, Manziel’s decision was a no-brainer for those on the outside looking in.

Manziel leaves A&M with a slew of school records, a Heisman Trophy and consensus 2012 All-American honors — his 2013 season wasn’t bad, either — along with a ton of credit for making the Aggies transition from the Big 12 to the SEC as wildly successful as it was.  Manziel also, whether you like him or not, leaves college football a poorer sport because he’s no longer a part of it.

Godspeed, JFF.  See ya in Cleveland…

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14 Responses to “Manziel makes Johnny Pro Football move official”
  1. ttalarico says: Jan 8, 2014 4:28 PM

    I wish him well but glad he is gone from college football and his antics. Very talented player obviously but tired of him thinking he is “God’s Gift” to the world. I know many of you are going to say he never broke the law. However, is that where we set the bar for athletes now?? As long as he didn’t sexually assault or kill someone, he’s just a college kid letting off some steam? I hope not.

  2. BrownsTown says: Jan 8, 2014 4:57 PM

    “See ya in Cleveland…”

    I will be seeking a new user name if this happens.

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 8, 2014 4:58 PM

    Yes, lack of being convicted is where we set the bar – Jameis Winston

  4. boomgrounder says: Jan 8, 2014 5:22 PM

    Johnny Jaguar!

  5. Deb says: Jan 8, 2014 6:19 PM

    Was there ever any doubt?

    Oh my … for once I empathize with BrownsTown.

  6. jaclyn1973 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:56 PM

    oh yay! Another egotistical and immature kid goes in to the NFL. Is his daddy gonna go with him to keep him in line?

  7. ozarkannie74 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:17 PM

    Hid Daddy needs to hire a body guard to block for him or he’s gonna get his running, ducking, turning circles, little ass knocked off.Ha

  8. cobibones13 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:21 PM

    goodfieldnohit says: Jan 8, 2014 4:58 PM

    Yes, lack of being convicted is where we set the bar – Jameis Winston

    ————-

    You mean lack of being charged with a crime

  9. raysfan1 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:40 PM

    goodfieldnohit says: Jan 8, 2014 4:58 PM

    Yes, lack of being convicted is where we set the bar – Jameis Winston

    ————-

    You mean lack of being charged with a crime

    ———

    …due a lack of evidence of having committed a crime in the first place.

  10. dkhhuey says: Jan 8, 2014 9:35 PM

    Johnny MistakeOnTheLake

  11. hightopandrocket says: Jan 8, 2014 11:12 PM

    Kinda pathetic that people are do wrapped up in his private life, probably the same people who watch entertainment tonight and read the tabloids, sad sacks. Don’t care about what he does off the field, he was a special player on it and I think he’s gonna be a a solid pro.

  12. vikesdynasty says: Jan 9, 2014 6:53 AM

    He’s going to be such a bust. He’ll get smoked once by a lineman and break his little frail frame. He looks like he’s 5’9

  13. ttalarico says: Jan 9, 2014 10:49 AM

    @hightopandrocket

    “Don’t care about what he does off the field”

    You give me the impression of a man with high character,

    NOT!

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2014 12:57 PM

    “Manziel also, whether you like him or not, leaves college football a poorer sport because he’s no longer a part of it.”

    That is undeniable…

    If you watched just about any of his games at A&M don’t think he was an electrifying and extremely exciting player to watch…. you don’t like college football… nay, you don’t like football.

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