Johnny Manziel the 'same person'

Updated: March 6, 2013, 2:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says he's still the same person after winning the Heisman Trophy as he was before achieving the honor, even though he's treated much differently now than he was a year ago.

Manziel I just want people to know I'm still the same person I've always been.

-- Johnny Manziel

In an interview with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, Manziel says his life has been "pure chaos" because of the change in his schedule after winning the Heisman, but fans "make it out to a bigger deal than it really is to me."

"I still see myself as the same person I was before," the sophomore quarterback told ESPN.

"If somebody wants to come up to me and freak out, I don't get it. I don't understand it. We did a lot of great things. I've been so blessed to have done the things I did individually. For me, I don't see it that way. I still see myself as young, the same guy I was before I ever won the Heisman. Hopefully my friends still feel I'm the same way. I just want people to know I'm still the same person I've always been," he said.

In the interview with ESPN, he left open the possibility of declaring for the 2014 NFL draft.

"You never know how things might play out. If an opportunity comes to go to the NFL, you have to look at that just like you have to look at everything," he said.

"For me, the NFL is the thing that's always been, kind of somewhat like the Heisman, it's been a dream as a kid to be able to have an opportunity to even be talked about being able to play in the NFL," he said. "For me I'm enjoying my time here for sure and if that comes calling, just like anybody else, the decision will have to be made. I'm very happy here and very happy with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and in college football. I love it."

Spring practice for the Aggies began Saturday, less than two months after Manziel accounted for four touchdowns and had a Cotton Bowl-record 516 total yards in a 41-13 win over Oklahoma, including an FBS bowl record for quarterbacks with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries. That capped Texas A&M's first 11-win season since 1998, powered by Manziel's 5,116 yards of total offense, an SEC record.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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