Life on a college campus can get chaotic when you are the big man on campus, especially when you are also highlighted on a national spotlight. When Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won this year's Heisman Trophy life around him changed but as he tells ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit in an interview posted on Sunday, he still sees himself as the same person he was before winning the trophy.
Manziel attributes a change in schedule and fans making the honor a "bigger deal" than it really is to him as reasons life has turned into chaos. But the sophomore quarterback wants to remind fans that he is still a kid and most importantly doesn't see himself as anything other than the person he has always been.
"I still see myself as young, the same guy I was before I ever won the Heisman. Hopefully my friends still feel I'm the same way. I just want people to know I'm still the same person I've always been."
And as a result of being young, Manziel says in the interview that he still has dreams, dreams that include playing in the NFL which he hasn't ruled out happening as soon as 2014.
"For me, the NFL is the thing that's always been, kind of somewhat like the Heisman, it's been a dream as a kid to be able to have an opportunity to even be talked about being able to play in the NFL," he said. "For me I'm enjoying my time here for sure and if that comes calling, just like anybody else, the decision will have to be made. I'm very happy here and very happy with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin and in college football. I love it."
This year has already fulfilled a dream for Manziel especially on the field where he led Texas A&M to a Cotton Bowl victory over the Oklahoma Sooners throwing for four touchdowns and a Cotton Bowl record 516 total yards including 229 yards rushing which demonstrated the diversity Manziel will bring to an NFL team.