Johnny Football begins to mark legacy of his own, written by Thomas Brunt:
The Aggies wanted to mark their legacy in a historically rich conference; they did just that this season, punctuated on the first Friday of January with an emphatic thumping of former Big 12 rival Oklahoma in front of over 87,000 fans in JerryWorld. While the Aggies’ previous season in 2011 wasn’t exactly productive, they were in almost every game as they said goodbye to the Big 12. They needed just a little push from a coach… and the emergence of a truly remarkable quarterback.
Indeed, even A&M’s most optimistic fans could not have expected a freshman quarterback to be capable of this much, this soon. Johnny Manziel did what would be an awfully tall order for most any freshman to do at any position. Manziel is so good that he immediately received his own nickname, “Johnny Football,” when the 2012 season was only two months old.
– – – ”Johnny Football” didn’t disappoint in Friday night’s Cotton Bowl game vs. Oklahoma. – – – Manziel, like the Aggies did when they left the Big 12, is starting to mark a legacy of his own. They certainly don’t call him “Johnny Football” for nothing, especially not after throwing and running for two touchdowns, and going over 500 yards of total offense. – – – Is there a shade of a doubt anymore that this young man is destined for greatness on a scale that will rival the very best players in college football’s history, which dates back to 1869? If there were any, Manziel cleaned it all up; Manziel has only began to embark on something amazing.
You better believe that Johnny Manziel is for real, and he’s only begun to mark his legacy. It all started out as “Johnny Football,” and now that Kevin Sumlin is coaching at Texas A&M, it could end with a second Heisman Trophy and an Aggie national championship before Manziel leaves College Station for the National Football League. – – – And when that happens bust or not in the pro’s, they’ll still remember the nickname: “Johnny Football”.
Thomas Brunt is the sports-editor in chief for Birdville High School’s school-paper: “The Hawk” as well as a contributing NFL columnist/essayist to “In the neutral-zone.com” You can follow his personal Twitter feed: @ThomasSportsguy, or email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org