Johnny Manziel: From college football star to a life in the pros

Evie H.
Managing Editor

Since Johnny Manziel announced his decision to enter the 2014 NFL draft this past month, news has been buzzing about which teams need this star quarterback on their side. Not only has Manziel set records in passing and rushing yards, but he has also made his mark in the eyes of the NFL as a whole. Starting as a freshman quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies, Johnny Manziel has proved that he is worthy of the NFL by setting and breaking records all in just two years of playing college football. The NFL draft is exactly what Manziel needs to push his career that much further.johnnyEH

Starting as a freshman quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies, Manziel has set numerous records of astonishing amounts for the school.  This past year, as a redshirt sophomore, Manziel threw for a school-record 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 759 yards and nine scores. Just these facts alone make him a solid candidate for the NFL draft, but those statistics are just a few of many. Manziel owns the two best total-yardage seasons in SEC history, breaking Cam Newton’s (who currently plays for the Carolina Panthers) record last year. His freshman year he posted 5,116 yards and followed it with 4,873 this past season. As a sophomore with two more potential years playing college football, these numbers are out of this world.

Also known as “Johnny Football,” Manziel rightfully earned this name after he was recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback. In 2012, he made his debut for the Aggies as a redshirt freshman and represented Texas A&M throughout their first season in the SEC. Compared to quarterbacks such as Brett Favre, Michael Vick, and Drew Brees, Manziel always knew the legend he wanted to grow up to be. He broke numerous records in the NCAA division and SEC records, becoming the first freshman and fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Quite interestingly, his nickname as mentioned before, “Johnny Football” is a registered trademark. Aside from that name being solely for him, Manziel has made quite a name for himself in the news as well.  Before he was chosen as Texas A&M’s starting QB, Manziel was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors for disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fake ID. Although he pled guilty for failure to identify, the two other charges were dismissed. Along with the arrests, Manziel appears to be a man who enjoys partying. He has drawn significant attention from the media for more than just his record-breaking skills on the field, but despite all of this, he still dominates the game of football.

Although Manziel may make his way through the tabloids, anyone can look at him and see what potential he has in the NFL. Even with two possible years left to play in college, Manziel took the leap and decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. After careful deliberation with his family first and foremost, he made the decision this January. Ever since then, the partying has been buried under the “Johnny Manziel” search, and now the first result one can see is “Which team needs him, and who will he play for?”johnnyEH2

For weeks, speculation of the team Manziel will be drafted into has been one of the top news stories for any sports station. As of now, the draft order stands as Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders, who are the first five teams. All of these teams are in the mix for a quarterback, and all could make a play for Manziel. Houston will welcome a new head coach, who may find that Manziel better fits his system, or St. Louis could decide to part ways with Sam Bradford.  Also, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland have all struggled to find a young passer to take them out of the pits of the NFL. Teams such as Atlanta will be reluctant to give up Matt Ryan, while the Jets could not possibly get rid of Geno Smith.  For now, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Oakland are the best candidates to receive this young QB.

Overall, Manziel would be a strong decision for many teams in the NFL. Although his build is generally shorter than the other quarterbacks he would be up against, he has set record highs throughout his reign with Texas A&M and even won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. Wherever Manziel lands, the team is sure to be in good hands.

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