Johnny Manziel finally had his media blockade lifted on Monday for a special teleconference to help promote his run for a Heisman trophy.
The freshman quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies was asked about everything under the sun, from how a cat was doing to who his influences have been so far in his life.
When asked what he thought about being somewhat of a celebrity, he said, “I don’t feel like I’m a celebrity. I feel like every other kid that’s going to school here at Texas A&M.”
Manziel was asked early in the teleconference what he thought about the excitement behind his nickname “Johnny Football” and his thoughts on his parents trademarking the name.
“It’s definitely been a little bit of a surprise. It’s something that has really been out of my head. It’s something that I haven’t been focused on. I’ve been focused on this season and trying to win as many football games for this program as possible. It hasn’t really been a main focus of mine.”
One of the bigger subjects that was asked about was the possibility of winning the Heisman trophy as a freshman, a feat that has never been accomplished before.
“If I were to take the Heisman back to Aggieland, it would be an incredible honor and something that I will never forget.
“[It's] something that you dream about as a kid. I mean when you’re sitting there playing all these NCAA games when you were a kid and you create a player and you win the Heisman as a freshman and you just put up crazy numbers, it’s something that you can only sit back and dream about,” he said.
All that dreaming may end up bearing fruit as these college football video games have functioned as simulators for the real-life successes of Manziel.
When asked asked about the player he created in his most recent football video game, Manziel said, “When I created a video game player, I made him 6’6″ 230 pounds. I wouldn’t make him my size. I’d make him look like Cam Newton.”
Although his season has seen him put up some impressive numbers, Manziel showed that he is indeed a knowledgeable and respectful student of the game.
When asked about former Houston Cougars quarterback Case Keenum, Manziel was quick to keep his accomplishments in perspective and noted that what Keenum did was very difficult, saying “I’m not sure if really there’s anybody out there that can do what Case Keenum did since he put up 50 touchdowns in a year with 5,500 yards passing. I mean those are numbers that you just kind of sit back and kind of laugh at because they’re so ludicrous, it’s really unbelievable.”
He was also asked about the success Texas A&M is having this season and if he could have ever imagined it. “I never envisioned how big this season would be for us, and we would win 10 games this season.”
Manziel went on to praise his teammates, his high school coach and his friends in the hour-long teleconference. Indeed, after being held back from the microphone for so long, Manziel was finally able to speak and said that he was happy to be able to do so.
His focus and maturity for a freshman in college may land him the Heisman, as well as pave the way for top recruits to come and play in College Station for years to come. Who said video games made you lazy?