Within moments of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's historic Heisman Trophy win Saturday night, reaction began to pour in from members of the Aggie football community, his teammates, A&M commits and admirers. Shortly after Manziel was named, having drawn 474 first-place votes and 2,029 points from the panel of media members and former winners, the tidal wave of accolades commenced.
Here are some of their comments:
Heisman winner Johnny Manziel: "I have been dreaming about this since I was a kid."
Former Texas A&M quarterback Bucky Richardson:
"Johnny is obviously a special player. To accomplish what he has accomplished is really remarkable, regardless of his classification. But the fact that he was able to win the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious award in college football, as a freshman is historical and spectacular. It's been a very special year for him, Coach Sumlin, the entire Aggie football program and our university. To be in a new league with a new coach and a new quarterback and to have this much success it's absolutely mindboggling, and I couldn't be happier."
Former Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen:
"As a former player and a former assistant coach, I am so proud of what Johnny has accomplished and the excitement he has brought to our university. Because I had a chance to be with him as an assistant coach last year, I also know that you can't ask for a better person to represent Texas A&M and you couldn't select a more deserving winner of the Heisman Trophy because of how hard he has worked. He doesn't sound like a 19- or 20-year-old kid when he talks, and he is certainly way beyond his years in the way he plays. I am just so proud of him because of how much positive recognition he has brought to Texas A&M. All Aggies around the world should be really proud of this outstanding young man."
Former Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum:
"Johnny is the most exciting and productive quarterback I have ever seen. The fact that he is a freshman makes his performance even more amazing. He came out of nowhere and won the Heisman on the field with his unbelievable play."
Former Texas A&M wide receiver Terrence Murphy:
"It fires me up to be a letterman of Texas A&M University and to see what Johnny and Coach Sumlin are doing on the national college football scene. I always told people that Cam Newton was the most dominant offensive player I have ever watched play college football. But the crazy thing about that statement is that Manziel broke all his records as a freshman and still has three years left at Texas A&M. I am sure the rich tradition of A&M football is in good hands with head coach Kevin Sumlin and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel leading us into the future. Congrats to Johnny and the whole 2012 fightin' Texas Aggie football team."
Freshman CB DeVante Harris: "My boy won it!!!!"
Freshman Mike Evans: "I love Johnny Manziel! Bring the Heisman to Aggieland!"
Freshman QB Matt Davis: "So proud of my boy Johnny man."
Senior LB Sean Porter: "Heisman coming to cstat ... Whooooo!!!!! Johnny Heisman."
Junior RB Ben Malena: "Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Johnny!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!"
Senior C Patrick Lewis: "So happy for Johnny man. He deserves it. Whoop! Great day to be an Aggie!"
Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy: "Congrats to Johnny And the A&M football program. What a special moment!!! Heisman!!"
2013 commit Tavares Garner: "God bless Johnny Football made history GIG'EM HEISMAN WINNER!!!! I LOVE MY AGGIES!"👍
2013 commit Cameron Echols-Luper: "Man I'm trully blessed to be able too call Johnny my quarterback in a few months! congrats bro. U deserved it!"
2013 commit Jay Arnold: "Yesssir!"
2013 commit Quincy Adeboyejo: "In a few months I'll be catching passes from a Heisman Trophy winner!"
Detroit Pistons and former A&M F Kris Middleton: "Big shout out to (Manziel) on winning the Heisman!!!"
L.A. Clippers and former A&M C DeAndre Jordan: "Congrats to @JManziel2...Gig Em!!!"
Miami Dolphins and former A&M QB Ryan Tannehill: "Big shout out to (Manziel) for winning the Heisman."
New York Jets QB and former Heisman winner Tim Tebow: "Congrats @Jmanziel2 for winning the Heisman! You had a great season and it was well deserved. God bless & keep representing the faith."
Former Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith: "Congratulations @jmanziel2 #heisman"
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees: "Congrats to all the Heisman candidates & to Johnny Manziel and Coach Summy. Remarkable young men with bright futures no matter what they do."
Washington Redskins QB and 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III: "Welcome to the #HeismanHouse @JManziel2. Congratulations."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "Whoop!! #JohnnyHeisman"
U.S. Sen-elect Ted Cruz: "Congratulations to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel for winning the Heisman. A class act & great representative for Aggies & Texans everywhere."
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn: "Heisman trophy goes to Johnny Football."