Jonathan Paul Manziel: Johnny Football

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Jonathan Paul Manziel (born December 6, 1992), also known by his nickname, Johnny Football, is an American football quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies. He was nationally recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback with an impressive ability to extend plays.[1] He plays in Kevin Sumlin's Air Raid offense[2] during A&M's first season (2012) in the SEC. Manziel was given the nickname "Johnny Football" by fans and students at Texas A&M before the start of the 2012 season.[3][4] On December 8, 2012, he became the first (redshirt) freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.[5] He is also the first (redshirt) freshman to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.[6] On January 4, 2013, Manziel led Texas A&M to victory 41-13 in the…show more content…
He has a younger sister who is in high school. He grew up playing a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf and football. At Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, he focused on baseball and football. However, it was in football that sportswriters, coaches, and parents said he "achieved folk hero status" and was compared to quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Michael Vick, and Drew Brees.[8] [edit]High school At Tivy High School he was coached by Mark Smith. He played football all four years in high school and began with the freshman team his first year. By the end of his first season, he played with the varsity team as a receiver. He began his sophomore year primarily as a receiver, but started the fourth game at quarterback. He shared that position for the remainder of the season, finishing with 1,164 yards passing, 806 rushing and 408 receiving for a combined 28 touchdowns. Manziel's junior year was his first as starting quarterback, and he completed that season with 2,903 passing yards, 1,544 rushing yards, 152 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns. That year, he was voted All-San Antonio Area Offensive Player of the Year as well as District 27-4A

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