Football: Who is NEXT?
Even if Johnny Manziel doesn't get your NEXT vote, let's all just admit that the kid has the best nickname of the bunch: Johnny Football. It's so good that Texas A&M and Manziel's family are working to trademark the quarterback's moniker. And he lives up to it. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound lightning bolt officially struck when he led the Aggies to a 29-24 upset of then-undefeated No. 1 Alabama. Johnny Football went 24-of-31 for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, ...
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Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.