Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel made official on Wednesday what we all knew for some time now...he's going to the NFL and foregoing his final two years of eligibility. Manziel sent a letter to CBSSports.com confirming his decision to apply for the 2014 NFL Draft.
"After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL Draft," Manziel said. "The decision was such a tough one for me because of how much I wanted to go back and be with all those guys that I love playing with, and to work with Coach (Kevin) Sumlin and Coach (Jake Spavital) Spav and be part of a program that's continuing to grow. But I felt like this is what's best for me now.
"I feel very relieved. It's a weight off my shoulders. I'm ready to become a professional and dedicate myself to making my dream a reality of becoming the best quarterback I can be."
Manziel amassed almost 10,000 yards (9989 yds) and 93 touchdowns in his 26 game career. He led the Aggie football team into the SEC and accumulated a 20-6 record and two bowl wins. He also became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
But his greatest impact came in the form of marketing and name recognition for Texas A&M University. With Manziel under center, the Aggie football team was a fixture on national TV, and games involving Manziel were consistently the highest-watched in the nation. Last week's Chick-fil-A Bowl was the highest-rated non BCS bowl of all-time for ESPN.
Manziel's emergence as a mega-star both on the field and in the media came at a critical time when Texas A&M rolled the dice on a 100-year decision to move to the SEC and raised that bet with a $450 million stadium upgrade to Kyle Field.
Manziel is expected to be a high first round draft pick, especially with highly-rated QB's Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley returning to the collegiate ranks. He has been connected with the first pick to the home state Houston Texans and the fourth pick to the Cleveland Browns.
Manziel is expected to leave school immediately to train with his QB mentor George Whitfield in San Diego.
Manziel Makes It Official - NFL Bound
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