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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:31 am, Sun Dec 9, 2012.

It's obvious Johnny Manziel did more than dabble in baseball.

On Saturday night in the biggest speech of his life, he covered all the bases.

Manziel stood in front of a national audience with a stage full of his peers standing behind him and said all the right things, including thanking those that helped make him the first freshman to win college football's biggest individual award.

During his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, Manziel recognized by name the head coaches, offensive coordinators and position coaches he's played for since his freshman season at Kerrville Tivy.

"I'm not a touchy feely guy, but I cried for 30 minutes," said Julius Scott, Manziel's offensive coordinator at Tivy. "This is beyond a dream come true. That young man has blessed many, many people, and I'm merely one of them. I'm so lucky to have Johnny Manziel walk into my life."

Scott watched the ceremony with many of Manziel's family members across the street from the Best Buy Theater in New York, where the 78th Heisman Trophy ceremony took place. He then celebrated with everyone in Manziel's hotel room.

"Whenever you have a kid go on who excels in anything after his high school days and looks back and thanks you, that you've been a part of that, that's why we are in the business," Scott said. "It's not just to make people better football players. It's to make better men, and when we get someone to acknowledge that fact, it's a feather in our hat. There's no higher compliment you could get paid. There's no paycheck for what he did for me tonight."

Tom Rossley, A&M's former senior assistant/quarterbacks coach under former head coach Mike Sherman, watched the ceremony from his son's house in Dallas.

Now retired, Rossley said how Manziel handled himself at the podium did not surprise him.

"That is Johnny," Rossley said. "That is his MO. He's going to be great at whatever he does. He's made all Aggies proud, all of his old coaches proud, his family. It's just such a wonderful time."

Rossley recruited Manziel, getting him to sign with A&M after Manziel had orally committed to Oregon.

"I coached for 45 years, and the thing I'll be most known for is I recruited Johnny," Rossley said. "I coached two NFL Hall of Famers in Warren Moon and Brett Favre and a top draft pick in Ryan Tannehill, and the most exciting thing is Johnny with the Heisman, there is no question."

Scott and Rossley both said they believe Manziel has many more good times to come, both for the Aggies and as a professional.

"He's got all the attributes," Rossley said. "He's accurate, very competitive. He's got quick feet, a quick arm, everything you want except he's not 6-foot-5. He's an A-plus at everything else, and sometimes people make too much of the height."

Manziel, at 6-foot-1, says he knows many consider him too short to play in the NFL. It serves as motivation for the quarterback who accounted for an SEC-record 4,600 yards of total offense and led the Aggies to a 10-2 regular season, a No. 10 ranking and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

"Johnny literally is at his best when people doubt him," Scott said. "The world says it can't be done, and Johnny finds a way. He finds a way to believe and inspires others to believe. That is his greatest asset. Look what he's done for the Aggie nation. They were not supposed to do well and they did and he sets the world on fire and wins the Heisman Trophy."

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1 comment:

  • jim '78 posted at 12:07 pm on Sun, Dec 9, 2012.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    Congrat's Johnny and thanks coaches! Yes, Johnny is a boost but not one makes the Aggie Nation great. Let's try to hang on to the entire coaching staff and these fantastic Juniors. I believe that you guys truly have a shot. Gig 'em


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