Is 'Johnny Football' also 'Johnny Golf?'
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has rocked the world of college football this season, and is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.
But he might be a better golfer than a football player. And, according to the Houston Chronicle, his introduction to football came through a golf connection.
Manziel was born in 1992 to two dedicated golfers, Paul and Michelle Manziel, who were high school sweethearts in Tyler, Texas, said the Chronicle. And through his love of golf, Paul Manziel became friends with Jacky Lee, a former Texas A&M golfer who also coached a powerhouse Pop Warner football team dubbed the Tyler Hurricanes.
Lee picked up on Johnny's extraordinary athleticism even as a skinny 8-year old, the paper said, but Johnny's mother and grandmother insisted the youngster not play football while in elementary school. Lee finally joined the Hurricanes in the sixth grade and was "immediately the best athlete on the field," Lee told the Chronicle, and his exploits earned him the first of his many nicknames: "Johnny Hurricane."
The youngster also became quite accomplished in baseball and golf, and Lee, who played golf for the Aggies in the early 1980s, said Manziel was playing par golf by the time he was 11.
It's not clear how much golf Manziel gets to play these days, but according to the Dallas Morning News, he played a round with Aggie offensive lineman Luke Joeckel and ESPN personalities Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit earlier this week in Orlando in conjunction with ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards. None of the participants revealed their scores, but Fowler tweeted the photo above from the range before they played.