That was quick.
Only a day after Johnny Manziel told a YouWager news source that he would need to discuss his football options with his family before he made any decisions about dropping out of college to turn pro, he announced that he will be a part of 2014 NFL Draft. This will end one of the most successful runs in college football that online wagering fans have ever seen, with two years of eligibility remaining.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies broke the news with a written formal statement titled, “Thank you Aggieland!”
According to YouWager’s source, Manziel wrote, “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. Anyone who has ever watched a football game at Kyle Field knows that leaving that atmosphere, those Saturdays with excitement, color, and noise, will be hard for me. I cannot begin to tell you what the support of the school, my teammates, Coach Sumlin, Chancellor Sharp and the fans has meant to me over the last two years. The Heisman Trophy belongs as much to you as it does to me. My teammates and I never doubted the value or the deep and real spirit of The 12th Man. It is not a myth. Anyone one has ever played football for Texas A&M knows that passion is real.”
As one of the few quarterbacks that knows what it feels like to beat Alabama in recent years departs the scene, college football wagering enthusiasts may some comfort in Manziel’s pledged of unconditional support for his alma mater. Manziel wrote, “I promise you I will always be an Aggie. I will always try to make you as proud of me in the NFL as I did at Texas A&M. While there are many wonderful memories I will take with me — big wins, surprising upsets, and Bowl victories — I most cherish standing arm in arm with my teammates during the postgame, singing the alma mater, or jumping into the stands to feel real Aggie spirit. I regret we weren’t able to bring a National Championship to College Station, but I assure you a championship is going to come soon with Coach Sumlin and these talented players. And when it does, you can bet I will be with you to cheer and celebrate. I’ll probably be the loudest one there.”
Earlier in the week, rumors were circulating within the online wagering community about ‘Johnny Football’s’ future as unsubstantiated reports hit the Internet. Manziel had until January 15th to decide. Texas A&M will also lose Mike Evans, Manziel’s favorite receiver, to the league as well.
While some NFL wagering analysts have expressed concerns about Manziel’s maturity or off-field exploits, for now, as YouWager’s source reports, at least in writing, Manziel is focusing on gratitude.
“Thank you for making my college years very special. The faces, the friends, the fans, and the experience will forever be an important part of my life. Gig ’em Aggies! I’ll always love you guys,” Manziel said.