Heisman 2012: Twitter Explodes as Freshman Johnny Manziel Wins Award

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Heisman finalists quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks to the media after a press conference prior to the 78th  Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy Saturday night, beating out Manti Te'o and Collin Klein to take home college football's ultimate individual honor.

Manziel's victory shouldn't come as a major surprise. He was the most electrifying player in college football this season, consistently dazzling spectators with his dual-threat ability.

Saturday night's candidates all had a case for the trophy, but Johnny Football triumphed in the end.

With every historic event in today's world comes social media reaction, especially from Twitter. Let's take a look at what people had to say following the announcement Saturday evening.

Twitter Reaction

Kevin Durant spoke to Manziel winning the award as a freshman:

Johnny Football wins the Heisman as a freshman! Wow that's bigtime!!!

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 9, 2012

CBS' Chris Huston supplied the Twitter world with the complete standings:

1. Manziel. 2. Te'o 3. Klein 4. Lee 5. Miller 6. Clowney 7. Lynch 8. T. Austin 9. Barner 10. J. Jones

— Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) December 9, 2012

ESPN's Darren Rovell gave us a sneak peek at some merchandise:

FIRST LOOK: Adidas "The Man" Heisman Shirt twitpic.com/bkbfky

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 9, 2012

CBS Sports' Josh Katzowitz compares Manziel to last year's winner, Robert Griffin III:

Manziel was named on 92 percent of ballots. To compare, RG3 was named on 80 percent last year.

— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) December 9, 2012

Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer gave Twitter a funny take on Manziel's victory:

A man that rocked a Scooby Doo costume just over a month ago just won the Heisman. College football is awesome.

— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) December 9, 2012

CBS Sports provided everyone with Manziel's in-game Heisman pose against Alabama:

Still one of the best photos from the CFB season: Johnny Manziel's Heisman pose vs. Alabama - twitpic.com/bc46li #gigem #JohnnyFootball

— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) December 9, 2012

Mark Titus gave a humorous take on people who objected to Manziel winning:

"Te'o was robbed! Manziel only had ONE good year. Manti had FOUR, plus a great story." -People who don't understand how the Heisman works

— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) December 9, 2012

ESPN Stats & Info gave this interesting fact before the winner was announced:

If 20-year-old #johnnyfootball wins Heisman, he would be 2nd-youngest Heisman winner, trailing only Mark Ingram (age 19, 2009)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2012

Former NFL player Fred Smerlas gave his take:

They did the right thing choosing Johnny Manziel as the #Heisman Trophy winner. It is about the best player, not the best senior.

— Fred Smerlas (@FredSmerlas) December 9, 2012

KFVS-TV's Tyler Profilet left no doubt as to who his top two contenders were:

173 voters left T'eo off their ballot.99 left off Manziel. Anyone who did either should lose their vote. #heisman

— Tyler Profilet (@tylerprofilet) December 9, 2012

Bleacher Report's Twitter shows a happy Manziel with his newest piece of hardware:

Johnny Manziel and his Heisman Trophy twitter.com/BleacherReport…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 9, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus showcased Te'o's undying commitment to his team:

#NotreDame LB Manti Te'o: "Heisman Trophy or national championship, I'll take the national championship 100 times out of 100."

— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 9, 2012

Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton supplied some words from Manziel:

#Heisman winner Johnny Manziel: "If you work hard enough, if you have great people around you, great things can happen."

— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) December 9, 2012


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