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Johnny Football's first press conference

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel spoke to the media for the first time all season on Monday afternoon.

Scott Halleran

After being listed as off-limits to the media throughout his entire freshman season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel finally spoke to reporters at Monday's teleconference, reported by Scott Bell of The Dallas Morning News.

Along with pointing out that he finds the Johnny Football nickname to be rather "funny", Manizel talked about how utterly amazing it is to be mentioned among the greats of the sport as a possible Heisman Trophy contender this year. "Something you dream about as a kid," Manziel said. "When you play video games and create a player, you want to win the Heisman."

Though he is widely believed to be the frontrunner for the prestigious award at the moment, Manziel was quick to deflect any attention from himself and thrust it back on his team during his chat with the media. "I don’t know if that’s the case," he said when asked about possibly being the clubhouse leader. "The Heisman and all of those other awards will play themselves out."

Extremely lucky to have avoided a serious knee injury in the Aggies' latest game against Missouri, Manziel also made sure to answer questions about the scary sequence when his injury forced Texas A&M fans everywhere to collectively hold their breath. "Just a little tweak," he said, before adding that the Johnny Football chants that soon followed "makes you want to pop up and do a couple backflips regardless of how hurt you are."

Set to turn 20 years old on Dec. 6, Manziel also admitted numerous times that the entire season remains a surreal experience in his first year on the job. The talented young signal caller originally inked with the Aggies instead of attending an attractive Pac-12 powerhouse like Oregon, but it's painfully obvious that the kid known around the country as Johnny Football made the correct decision.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.