Dallas News - Even as Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s recent tweet about wanting to leave College Station is widely dissected, it’s only now becoming clear just how close he came to departing the school and town before the “Johnny Football” sensation ever occurred. A&M initially suspended Manziel for the 2012 season following his arrest in College Station’s Northgate bar district last summer, a source with knowledge of the situation told SportsDay. Manziel, entering his freshman season after sitting out the 2011 season as a redshirt, would have felt it was necessary to transfer if the suspension wasn’t overturned on appeal, according to the source.
Manziel won the appeal, allowing the Heisman Trophy winning season in A&M’s 11-2 SEC debut and the rise of the Aggies to transpire.
Manziel was arrested for misdemeanors of fighting, failure to identify and possession of fake IDs around 2 a.m. on June 29, 2012. At the time, Manziel was considered a back-up quarterback to Jameill Showers, only being named the starter in August, weeks before the season opener. The details of the arrest and even Manziel’s mug shot have been public fodder for the last year. A high school teammate of Manziel’s at Kerrville Tivy called a man a racial slur, according to police reports, leading to a fight. Manziel was found with fake IDs. Coach Kevin Sumlin has said that he imposed discipline.
From a backup quarterback facing a year long suspension for fighting along with N-bomb dropping friends and a mugshot circulating the internet, to the biggest rock star in college sports. Not a bad turnaround for Johnny Football. From carrying Jameill Showers’ pads to beating Bama, winning the Cotton Bowl, and the Heisman trophy. Smokebomb girlfriend, A-list celebrity friends, courtside seats at hoops games, starring in country music videos, D1 football star. Got it all. Which is why watching him complain on Twitter about how he can’t fucking wait to leave College Station is even more annoying. Hey bro, look at how close you came to not having a single one of those things. Just live it up and enjoy it and stop whining.