Who is Johnny Manziel?
Last week, Johnny "Football" Manziel took the nation by storm.
The redshirt freshman quarterback was the catalyst in A&M's victory over college football superpower Alabama, throwing for 223 yards and two touchdowns, also adding 92 yards on the ground.
While college football fans around the nation discussed the phenomenon that is Johnny Football through out the week at water coolers, there was one question on everyone's mind—who the heck is Johnny Manziel.
Coming out of Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, ESPN called him the 78th best quarterback in his class and Rivals had him as only a three-star recruit.
Saturday against Alabama, Manziel looked like an explosive athlete with awareness beyond his years that should have been getting letters from top 25 schools from all over the nation.
Manziel does not look like anything special.
He is not an overwhelming physical specimen like a Tim Tebow and at only 6' 1", if someone mistook Manziel as the Aggies punter or kicker, it would not be an otherworldly assumption.
Saturday, Manziel looked like a big eared, smiley, Texas kid who loves playing football and who fans around the nation could cheer for.
Manziel does have a past though, even though it has stayed out of the media spotlight for the most part.
On June 29, 2012 at 2:10 a.m., Manziel and a 47-year-old man named Marvin McKinney got into an altercation in College Station.
Manziel attempted to break up a fight after a friend of his allegedly pointed and shouted a racial slur at McKinney.
Independent eyewitness Christopher Moody recapped the altercation for police. The official police report states (via deadspin.com):
"Moody said that when Marvin approached the two males, he began to get close to Steven who had called him the vulgar word. [Manziel] stepped in between Steven and Marvin and told Marvin that Steven had not meant to say the word and that he was taking him home. Moody said that Marvin continued to push against [Manziel] and [Manziel] shoved Marvin in the chest. Marvin then swung at [Manziel] who charged Marvin and began punching Marvin back."
In the police report, it is stated by the reporting officer that he "could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breathe and clothing," and that "the defendant's eyes were red, bloodshot and glassy, and his speech was slurred when he spoke."
Now is when I will remind you that Manziel is a redshirt freshmen, making him approximately 19 years old at the time of the incident.
Manziel allegedly showed police officers a fake Louisiana driver's license and when questioned on his birth date, the A&M signal caller alternated between 1990 and 1992.
The officer then checked Manziel's wallet and found two other licenses, both issued by the state of Texas. One was allegedly fake and the other was real.
Manziel would end up being charged with three misdemeanors: disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver's license.
Another thing that has kept Manziel's personality in the dark is that Texas A&M won't let Johnny Manziel talk to the media this year because it has a policy against freshmen doing interviews.
In a tweet that has since been deleted by Chris Rix, a college football and NFL analyst for Fox Sports Radio and former Florida State Seminoles quarterback, revealed some news on Manziel, saying:
"Sources have told me that Manziel is a 'ticking time bomb' and will eventually blow up off of the field. I really hope not for his sake."
Rix deleted the initial tweet but left his responses to his followers saying:
Notice last line, "I really hope not for his sake." I wish the best for the kid. #JohnnyFootball— Chris Rix (@CoachRix) November 11, 2012
As for now, he is 'blowing up' ON the field. Stay Humble Johnny...Stay Humble. #JohnnyFootball— Chris Rix (@CoachRix) November 11, 2012
Does this somehow diminish Manziel's electric play on the field?
No, not at all.
However, it does give us a little back story on Johnny Football, college football's most surprising player and Heisman Trophy candidate.