Johnny Manziel spent his 20th birthday Thursday, with what little time he had, playing nine holes of golf with his family. That night, he accepted the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback. That left no time for birthday gifts.
His father, Paul, had planned to get him a stereo system for his Camaro, as if college football needed another reminder that Manziel is merely a freshman.
When he again stepped into the spotlight Saturday for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, he flashed a wide grin, joking with the other finalists, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
When Manziel was named the winner of the 78th Heisman Trophy, making him the first freshman to do so, his mouth was agape, his eyes bugged in shock. The grin returned when he picked up the trophy and kissed the top of it.