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Johnny Football wins the Heisman

POSTED: Monday, December 10, 2012 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:01pm

Up until Saturday night, football fans everywhere just weren't sure if A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel could do the unthinkable -- be the first freshman ever to win the Heisman trophy.

But against all odds, he did just that, becoming the second Central Texan in a row to take home the prize.

Thousands of Aggies were glued to their TVs Saturday night to watch history in the making.

"They didn't realize I am 67 and my heart can't take that much stress," said Willie Blackmon, an A&M alum. "They kept stringing it out and we all were like, 'Say it, say it say it.'"

And then the announcement came, "The 2012 winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy is Johnny Manziel."

It's a moment Blackmon, class of 1973, says he'll never forget.

"The Aggie 12th Man, the spirit of everyone there - just screaming. The building almost came apart but it held up and it's the proudest moment of my life as an Aggie."

Johnny Football, or as he's now being called, "Johnny Heisman" is the first freshman to ever win the award and only the second Aggie to bring home the title after John David Crow won it back in 1957.

"Hopefully this is just a turning point for the University," said freshman Trevor Parker.

Ashley Joiner added, "To win such a huge honor as a freshman, its just unfathomable."

It's dream come true for the 20-year-old quarterback.

"Woo, this is a moment I've dreamed about ever since I was a kid running around my backyard pretending I was Doug Flutie throwing Hail Marys to my dad," said Manziel during his acceptance speech Saturday.

But now Manziel won't have to dream any longer.

"To the 12th Man, to Texas A&M, Kerrville, TX and Aggies everywhere -- this Heisman trophy is for you. Gig 'Em."

 

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