Jonathan Paul Manziel, known as Johnny Manziel or 'Johnny Football', was born in Tyler, Texas on December 6, 1992. A quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, he previously played college football for Texas A&M University, where he became a folk hero and was the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel attended Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, where he played both baseball and football, attracting significant attention from sportswriters for his football ability. Initially a receiver, he began playing at quarterback during his sophomore year and established himself as the starting quarterback as a junior. After his junior season, he was named All-San Antonio Area Offensive Player of the Year and as a senior, he was a unanimous selection for District 28-4A MVP and was named Class 4A first team All-State by the Associated Press.
Having established a strong reputation as one of the top prospects of his class, Manziel was heavily recruited out of high school and initially committed to the University of Oregon. However, he later changed his mind and signed for Texas A&M. Manziel redshirted during his first year at college and did not feature in any of the games. Following Ryan Tannehill's departure, he took over as the starting quarterback in 2012.
Over the course of his freshman year, he gradually grew into college football and attracted widespread attention after leading the Aggies to a win over the number 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Manziel went on to break several records in the 2012 season, including the SEC record for offensive production, with 4,600 yards in total. Additionally, he became the first freshman to ever pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. In December 2012, he won both the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O'Brien Award, becoming the first freshman to ever win either honor and in January 2013, he guided the Aggies to victory over the Oklahoma Sooners at the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic.
Prior to the 2013 season, Manziel attracted negative attention with some of his off-the-field behaviour and some analysts predicted a sophomore slump. Yet Manziel enjoyed another solid year, improving his pass completion and passing yards stats. Manziel decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft and was widely tipped as a high draft pick. He was eventually selected in the first round, as the 22nd overall pick, by the Cleveland Browns.
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