Much to the disappointment of Texas A&M fans (and to the glee of future A&M opponents), Johnny Manziel has declared for the NFL Draft. While most people knew that Manziel’s going pro was inevitable, Johnny Football made things official on Wednesday. Manziel is only a redshirt sophomore, so he could have stuck around for two more seasons.
Manziel wrote a personal letter to his fans about his decision, which was published on TexAgs.com. Even though most fans expected him to leave early, Manziel says the decision to leave Texas A&M was tough to make. Check out an excerpt of the letter below.
After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL draft. The decision was not an easy one, but we all felt this was the right time to make the next step toward a professional career. My experiences here and the support of this school, coach [Kevin] Sumlin, chancellor [John] Sharp, my teammates, my classmates and Aggie football fans everywhere will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life. I’ll always be an Aggie.
In his two years at quarterback, Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in his first season and was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in his second season. Interestingly enough, Manziel’s stats from this past season were better than the first. Check out Manziel’s stats Texas A&M put together at the end of the 2013 regular season below.
— Texas A&M University (@TAMU) December 9, 2013
Johnny Manziel played in his last college football game on December 31, 2013. Texas A&M played Duke in the Peach Bowl and won 52-48. Manziel had 382 passing yards for 4 touchdowns, plus rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown in his last game. This game was a fitting end for the dual-threat quarterback.
According to ESPN, Manziel is one of the Top 20 prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft and the third best quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville and Blake Bortles from UCF are both projected to be picked before Manziel.
Even though Manziel found himself at the center of controversy at times, there is no doubt Aggie fans will long cherish the days that Johnny Football ruled the gridiron.
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