On Tuesday night, the Texas A&M Aggies took down the Duke Blue Devils in an amazing comeback to win the Chick-fil-A Bowl, 52-48. The Aggies came back from a 21-point halftime deficit to win a wildly entertaining game, and end their season on an extremely exciting high note.
Johnny Manziel had yet another incredible performance completing 30-of-38 passes for 382 yards, adding 73 yards on 11 carries and five total touchdowns, in what was likely his last game. Johnny Football will reportedly declare for the NFL Draft which should come as no surprise considering that he once tweeted he couldn’t wait to leave College Station, and that his celebration is a gesture for wanting money.
Sadly, it is the end of the Johnny Manziel era in college football, but at least he went out in a thrilling fashion. Whether people view him as a hero or villain, almost every college football fan has a strong opinion about him which is great for the game. Nobody generated more interest in a matchup than Manziel, as fans were either rooting strongly for him or against him.
And those who see him as a villain have to admit, he is the best kind of villain. Manziel isn’t getting DUIs, messing with guns, doing drugs or doing anything seriously dangerous. He is just a cocky, annoying rich kid, who loves to party, and occasionally says or does something stupid, yet harmless.
Off the field, Manziel was a lot of fun, but on the field he was one of the most exciting players to watch in NCAA history. With a little maturity, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy has the instincts and skills to be a great quarterback at the next level, and it will be interesting to see what he can do.
The NFL’s gain will be the NCAA’s loss. Every sport benefits from their polarizing figures and unless someone steps up and starts behaving like an enormous idiot, college football will feel like it’s missing something. Manziel may not be the best role model in the world, but as far as entertainment value goes, nobody in college football history was at his level and his presence will definitely be missed.