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Manziel Declares For NFL Draft

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Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts late in the game against the Duke Blue Devils during the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts late in the game against the Duke Blue Devils during the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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COLLEGE STATION (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has officially submitted papers declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL.com reports.

Manziel, a red-shirt sophomore with two years of eligibility remaining, will reportedly be represented by Houston-based Select Sports Group and LRMR, a marketing agency run by LeBron James’ business partner, Maverick Carter.

Wednesday Manziel posted a letter on texags.com that read -

THANK YOU, AGGIELAND!

To All My Friends in Aggieland,

After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL Draft. The decision was not an easy one. Anyone who has ever watched a football game at Kyle Field knows that leaving that atmosphere, those Saturdays with excitement, color, and noise, will be hard for me. I cannot begin to tell you what the support of the school, my teammates, Coach Sumlin, Chancellor Sharp and the fans has meant to me over the last two years. The Heisman Trophy belongs as much to you as it does to me. My teammates and I never doubted the value or the deep and real spirit of The 12th Man. It is not a myth. Anyone one has ever played football for Texas A&M knows that passion is real.

“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. While there are many wonderful memories I will take with me — big wins, surprising upsets, and Bowl victories — I most cherish standing arm in arm with my teammates during the postgame, singing the alma mater, or jumping into the stands to feel real Aggie spirit. I regret we weren’t able to bring a National Championship to College Station, but I assure you a 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.

“Thank you for making my college years very special. The faces, the friends, the fans, and the experience will forever be an important part of my life. Gig ‘em Aggies! I’ll always love you guys.

Sincerely,

Johnny Manziel

The former Heisman winner compiled 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns through the air in two seasons, while rushing for 2,169 yards and 30 touchdowns.

In the school’s first season in the SEC, Manziel stormed onto the scene, leading the Aggies to an upset of No. 1 Alabama and winning the Heisman Trophy.

In his last collegiate game, Manziel threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, leading the Aggies back from a 21-point deficit against Duke.

Teammate and wide receiver Mike Evans, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and a first-team All-SEC selection, declared for the draft last week.

The NFL Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, May 8–10.

Houston, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland hold the top five picks in the draft. The Cowboys will hold pick 16 or 17, pending a coin flip at the NFL combine.

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