Johnny Manziel captivates on, off field

April, 3, 2013
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- On April 20, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will return to his hometown of Kerrville, Texas, a south Texas hamlet of about 23,000 residents, which is located about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio. The locals are planning to throw Manziel a parade and honor him at Tivy High School's football stadium.

Obviously, a lot has changed since Manziel left Kerrville for Texas A&M in the middle of his senior year of high school in January 2011. Last season, he was named the Aggies' starting quarterback and became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, college football's most coveted individual award.

Along the way, little Johnny Manziel became "Johnny Football" and then "Johnny Heisman." He returns to tiny Kerrville as a national celebrity.

"It will be good to see a lot of my old friends," Manziel said. "I haven't seen them in a long time."

Chances are there will be plenty of cameras, cell phones and Twitter accounts documenting the festivities in his hometown.

To read the rest of Mark Schlabach's column, click here.

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