Is Texas A&M Football Star Johnny Manziel Trying to be a Two Sport Athlete?

By Ben Grimaldi
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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been living the good life for about seven months now. He had a fantastic season on the football field, leading to him winning the Heisman Trophy, and he has enjoyed all the perks that come with being named the best college football player in the country.

However, last summer Johnny Football almost made a decision that could have given him a different nickname, Johnny Baseball.  According to reports by, Manziel talked to coaches from the A&M baseball team about playing hardball for the Aggies.

“I do miss (baseball),” Manziel said. “I would love to play. But I chose a different path. Football became center stage in my life when I always thought I would play baseball.”

I’m guessing there are plenty of Texas A&M football fans who are more than happy that Manziel chose to stick with football over baseball. Manziel had an incredible year and led to the Aggies winning 11 games, including the Cotton Bowl last season. And the best could still be coming for Manziel and the Aggies in 2013.

The topic came up because Manziel threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas last night.

Manziel is an athletic freak and it seems as though he could play, and excel, at any sport he concentrated on. But is it possible that Manziel could legitimately be a two sport star? The sports world hasn’t seen anyone play both sports remotely well since Deion Sanders did it in the 1990’s.  Brian Jordan was also moderately successful at playing both but Bo Jackson was the only player to play both at an All-Star level.

If Manziel did attempt to play both sports, it would certainly be fun to watch. He has the athletic ability to play more than one sport and it would make one heck of a story to follow Manziel if he attempted to play both.

Unfortunately it looks like Manziel will concentrate on only playing football, which denies us the joy of watching him for more than just five months out of the year but he’ll still be fun to watch on the football field. Besides, Johnny Baseball doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?

Ben is a Cowboys writer for and you can chat with or follow Ben on twitter @BenGrimaldi 

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