Is Johnny Manziel channeling his inner Texas Longhorn?

By Marian Hinton
Matthew Emmons: USA TODAY Sports

Whether you’re a fan of the Texas Longhorns or the Texas A&M Aggies, there is no denying the fact that Aggie quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is pretty darn good.

Ever since becoming the first freshman to ever win the award, Manziel has been in the spotlight. He’s been seen at various NBA and NFL games and even made it to the front page of TMZ celebrating A&M’s Cotton Bowl win over the Oklahoma Sooners at a Dallas bar.

It’s fairly well known that Manziel likes to have his fun. So much so that the Texas A&M athletic director felt the need to sit down with Johnny and his family to discuss his new responsibilities as a Heisman winner and representative of the university.

Fortunately, the latest Manziel outing doesn’t involve any controversy, unless you are an Aggie fan.

Manziel has never shied away from admitting the fact that he grew up wanting to play quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. During the season, a photograph of him with coach Mack Brown also made it’s way across social media. However, the Longhorns decided (for whatever ridiculous reason) that they were only interested in Manziel as a defensive player, and didn’t offer a scholarship. He chose to play for the Aggies, and the rest is history. (Before I anger every A&M fan reading this, I understand that there is nothing to say that he wouldn’t have chosen A&M over Texas had they offered him as a quarterback).

Last night, the quarterback attended a concert in Austin, and thanks to modern day technology, an image of Manziel throwing up what looks to be the “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign in front of an Austin (and likely pro-Texas crowd) is making its way across social media today.

Photo courtesy of @mattruizy.

Yes, it could be the sign for “Rock and Roll” (though he’s supposedly at a rap concert) which is admittedly similar to the Longhorns’ hand sign, but it has enough Aggie fans enraged that they’ve taken to message boards to complain about it.

So which fan base is more frustrated by the picture: the Aggies or the Longhorns themselves?

Though Aggie fans probably hate the fact that their hero doesn’t hate the Horns as much as they do (if you don’t believe me just go look at their message boards threads discussing the photo), but I have to think it would be Texas. It has to sting a bit every time Texas fans think about what may have been…

So, is Johnny throwing up the Hook ‘Em Horns sign? You be the judge.


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