Texas A&M Official Wants Stadium Named 'Kyle Field: The House That Johnny Built'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

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Johnny Manziel has left College Station early and will now head to Cleveland as he hopes to leave his mark on the National Football League. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's time at Texas A&M was so sensational that one Aggies official wants to rename Kyle Field—which was built in 1927in honor of the quarterback.

Update: Monday, May 19 at 3:56 p.m. ET

At the Cleveland Browns rookie minicamp, Johnny Manziel addressed the Texas A&M regent's desire to rename the field in the quarterback's honor. Manziel was pretty humble when discussing the issue, via Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson:

I didn't do (it) on my own. I won the Heisman as a freshman and that was a feat that had never been accomplished before, and it was incredible. But at the same time I didn't do that on my own, I didn't win that by going out and playing one on 11.

I'm thankful for all those guys who helped me get to this point today and I wouldn't be there without them. There's so many people who have factored into why I'm so popular and why I'm so loved at Texas A&M. It's because I've had great teammates and two great coaching staffs that helped me get to where I am today.

I think the Junction Boys and The 12th Man are both staples of Texas A&M. For me, and this even plays on with something that came out a little bit earlier this week about 'The House that Johnny Built' at A&M, there are so many other people that played into why we were good and why A&M is back on the map.

It wasn't me. There are guys, from Sean Porter to Damontre Moore to Luke Joeckel to Von Miller to Ryan Swope to Uzoma Nwachukwu, Patrick Lewis, you can go down the list. Coach (Kevin) Sumlin, you have guys drafted first round for the past four to five years. It's slowly but surely creeping up.


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Texas A&M regent Jim Schwertner talked about what he would like to see happen to the stadium while the Aggies gave an update on the $450 million renovations going on at Kyle Field:

Schwertner did go into a little bit more detail, via the San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman:

I hope the Aggie Nation will come together and decide that's something they want to do.

Think about this – the last time we had a Heisman Trophy winner was John Kimbrough. [Note: It was actually John David Crow who won the Heisman Trophy in 1957.]

It's going to be up to the students and former students to decide that. That would sure be a real testament about how great that young man was for this university. My vote would be yes, but there are a lot of other folks who will have a vote on what I just said.

That's an interesting idea although, as ESPN's Darren Rovell reported last month, Manziel already filed to trademark "The House That Johnny Built."

Manziel put Texas A&M back on the college football map during his two seasons on campus. If one Aggies official has it his way, Johnny Football's legacy will never be forgotten.

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