Texas A&M celebrates Manziel's Heisman win
BY Associated Press
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 5:36 AM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M had one last party in it - at least for now - to celebrate freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy.
A few thousand Aggies, primarily current students, gathered around the steps at Memorial Student Center on Wednesday night to mainly welcome back Manziel, although his teammates were recognized as well during the "Celebrating the 12th Man" event.
"What an honor it is to represent you guys throughout the country this past week," Manziel said to roars from the crowd on a clear, cool evening in Aggieland. "We were in the Big Apple on some of the biggest stages in the entire world and really let people know what the 12th Man is all about."
Manziel, who redshirted last season under a different coaching staff, became the first freshman to win the Heisman, which celebrated its 78th year Saturday night in New York.
"Thank you guys for all of the support you've given us this year," Manziel said. "You've really pushed us hard and we couldn't have done this without you. You're the best student body in the country and I love each and every one of y'all."
Manziel hoisted the trophy in the air following a short speech.
A&M will play 10-2 Oklahoma, a former Big 12 opponent, on Jan. 4 in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel speaks during a welcome home celebration Wednesday in College Station, Texas. PATRIC SCHNEIDER / Associated Press