It was a foregone conclusion that 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel would be declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. That news officially broke earlier this week to the surprise of nobody. The "controversial" superstar Texas A&M quarterback set a plethora of SEC yardage records during his two year tenure and, like him or not, has generally been considered the most exciting player in college football for the past two seasons. His emergence last September cemented the Aggies as a legitimate and immediate threat in the SEC as the school was still unpacking its boxes from its move from the Big XII.
Despite the accusations that Manziel is a "punk," a "jerk," and a "tool," he did release a classy goodbye statement to the fans of A&M the afternoon of his announcement, thanking them for the support and the memories during his Aggie career, as well as wishing his best for the program going forward.
We, at Sixth Year Seniors, however, managed to get our hands on the written statement BEFORE the A&M public relations crew could do some work on it. What we found was a much more raw and descriptive account of Manziel's feelings surrounding his departure and his time at College Station. We have transcribed this unedited statement below:
To All My Friends in Aggieland,
After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, coaches, women, shady characters I either owe money to or who owe money to me, oh, and Turtle, I have decided to make myself available to the Houston Texans for the first selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The decision, unlike reading Nick Saban’s alleged elite defense, was not an easy one. (Seriously, 562 total yards against them this season. Get at me.) Anyone who has ever smuggled those tiny bottles of Jack Daniels in and watched a football game at Kyle Field knows that leaving that atmosphere, those Saturdays with excitement, color, and noise, (all of which are amplified exponentially by those BIG hangovers, let me tell ya) will be hard for me. I cannot begin to tell you what the support of the school, my teammates, Coach Sumlin, Chancellor Sharp, my rich daddy, the talking heads at ESPN, the boosters, and the fans has meant to me over the last two years. The work you guys did to keep me eligible – the greased palms, the luxury yachts, the exotic vacations you gave to the right people – will never be forgotten. The Heisman Trophy belongs as much to you as it does to me – I’m not sharing my horde of sex slaves, though. My teammates and I never doubted the value or the deep and real spirit of The 12th Man. It is not a myth – it’s the name of my sex tape that I plan to leak once my NFL career flames out in Favre-like fashion. Anyone who has ever played football for Texas A&M knows that passion, much like my high alcohol tolerance, is real.
I promise you I will always be an Aggie, a player, a legend, and a God. I will always try to make you as proud of me in the NFL as I did at when I was banging models every night at Texas A&M. While there are many wonderful memories I will take with me – big wins, surprising upsets, Bowl victories, sleeping in at Manning Camp, that FREE autograph signing in Miami, and most importantly, the Scooby Doo Halloween Party – I most cherish standing arm in arm with my teammates during the postgame, singing the alma mater, or jumping into the stands to feel up those hot coeds in the first row. (I’m talking to YOU, Melanie and Ashley!) I regret we weren’t able to bring a BCS Championship to College Station, but we did win back to back Partying National Championships during my two years at A&M. Those MVP trophies look great mounted as the hood ornaments on my new Mazeratis! Now that the recruiting budget is freed up with my name coming off the payroll, I assure you a BCS championship is going to come soon with Coach Sumlin and these talented players. And when it does, you can bet I will be with you to cheer and celebrate. I’ll probably be the loudest one there – because I will also be the drunkest one there.
Thank you for making my college years very special. The faces, the friends, the fans, the experience, and the women – lord have mercy, the women - will forever be an important part of my life. Gig ’em Aggies!
I Got 5 on It,
We'll have more on this on the Second Semester Premiere of Sixth Year Seniors on January 14!
Spoiler: You will get more takes from Mikey on the NWA U.S. Title scene from 1986 thru 1990 than you will on PAC-12 or Big Ten football.