When Mike Sherman was the head coach at Texas A&M University he convinced one Johnny Manziel to play football for the Aggies.
Coming out of Kerrville Tivy High School in Texas Johnny Football was a parade all-American passing for 3,609 yards with 45 touchdowns and ran for 1,674 yards and 30 TDs. Manziel had verbally committed to Oregon and other big NCAA programs were chasing him.
“I was able to get him to change. We sat down and visited with Johnny and his family. He has a wonderful mom and dad. We had a good talk,” Sherman told The Dallas News.
“We thought this would be a great fit for him and a great fit for A&M. Leaving the state and going all the way to Oregon … he didn’t need to do that. He could play right here in the state of Texas, his family could watch him play every weekend and he could continue the legend of Johnny Football.”
That’s exactly what Manziel did. As a redshirt freshman, Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns in the SEC on the way to winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012. He followed that up with better passing numbers n 2013.
“You could see something special watching his high school tapes. People questioned whether he was tall enough, but he played so big,” Sherman said You could write it off that it wasn’t at that high a level — but he’d take his team of 4A kids out of Tivy and beat 5A kids out of San Antonio. He was taking teams that weren’t big and weren’t fast and beating teams that were big and were fast.”
Manziel was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns but wore out his welcome there. The 25-year-old is going through the process of being approved by commissioner Randy Ambrosie to be allowed in the CFL. If that happens Montreal – because of Sherman’s relationship to Manziel – might just be in play to try and trade for his rights.