Johnny Manziel has spoken, on Jan. 8, 2014, regarding his decision to enter the NFL. And he chose to do so in an open letter to “All My Friends in Aggieland” that was sent to Billy Liucci, sports writer and co-owner of the rabid Aggie fan forum TexAgs.com. The link to the letter was tweeted by Liucci at 2:47 p.m. CST and advertised as “FREE” content, “To the 12th Man: A personal message from Johnny Manziel.” Once again, the power of instant gratification and dissemination of information via social media scooped all other standard media portals that have been considered prominent and preeminent for decades. They’re all old-school now.
The TexAgs web site was so overwhelmed with hits on that single link that it crashed the TexAgs.com web site, and was unavailable for several minutes. So TexAgs tweeted the full content of the letter at 3:07 p.m., just to make sure everyone could see it.
The letter should be read on the portal in which it appeared and for who it was intended. Manziel thanked the “school, his teammates, Coach Sumlin, Chancellor Sharp and the fans” and concluded with
I promise you I will always be an Aggie. I will always try to make you as proud of me in the NFL as I did at Texas A&M.
Read his full message here.
Manziel then retweeted the TexAgs link to his message of thanks and has let that stand as his message to the 12th Man. Now, he’s given a full interview to CBS, shared by Bruce Feldman on the CBS sports web site here. Manziel told Feldman:
I’m ready to become a professional and dedicate myself to making my dream a reality of becoming the best quarterback I can be.
Feldman also notes that Manziel is “moving to San Diego to train with private quarterbacks coach George Whitfield to get ready for the NFL Combine and personal workouts with teams.”
In just 10 minutes’ time, there were already 188 comments on Feldman’s story, but the majority of the comments were not from the 12th Man of Texas A&M and were not as supportive as all those on the TexAgs.com forum are, the kind that forced the TexAgs server to crash with everyone joyfully weighing in on Manziel's behalf.
It’s a busy day in social media thanks to the Aggie quarterback of a century, No. 2, Johnny Manziel. And really the buzz is just beginning.