bill-swift - December 1, 2012
Whether he wins the Heisman trophy or not this season there is one thing that is abundantly clear when it comes to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel—the youngster from Kerrville, Texas (population right around 23,000) is here to stay.
After racking up 4,600 yards of offense for the Aggies during the school's first season in the SEC Manziel has firmly established himself as the favorite to win the Heisman trophy this season. It's a feat that has never been accomplished by a freshman in the previous 77 years the award was given out.
With the way he has played, especially in respect to the other candidates, it appears as if it will be hard for voters to rationalize giving this year's Heisman to someone else.
Now that the media block has been lifted (something first year head coach Kevin Sumlin does for his entire freshman class) and people have had a chance to get to know him on a personnel level the legend of Johnny "Football" Manziel is going to grow exponentially. This is going to be especially true as the hype surrounding next Saturday's Heisman presentation continues to grow.
Fans have certainly not been bashful in showing their appreciation and love for the leader of the Texas A&M football team. Numerous Facebook pages have popped up. Manziel's personal page has so many pending friend requests that he can't take any more.
Some fans have gotten a bit creative in their efforts to show their appreciation and support for the young quarterback. A number of YouTube videos have been uploaded with people singing their praises of Manziel—some better than others of course, but the point is always the same.
People just love this kid (at least in Texas they do).
However, there is such a thing of going too far in an effort to express one's fandom. According to officials at Hill Country High School in Manziel's home town of Kerrville one student did just that.
Christian Chavez, who is listed on Rivals.com as a freshman linebacker, went to a specialty barber in San Antonio known as Rob the Original and had a likeness of Manziel cut into his hair.
I'm going to go ahead and let that one sink in for a moment.
As goofy as the idea sounds, this barber is really more of an artist. Looking off a picture on Chavez's cell phone he did an incredible job of creating an image that is unmistakable. It was so good that when he got to school he was told he had to go home till it was cut.
According to school regulations students must have neat, groomed hair that does not act as a distraction to other students. Apparently that is what a picture of the A&M quarterback when cut into someone's hair qualifies as.
Chavez has actually been separated from the rest of the student body till he gets a haircut. He says he plans to do just that over the weekend, but for now he's going to enjoy his new hairdo.