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Home of the Heisman? Kerrville Catches Johnny Football Fever

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
You'll find Kerrville just 51 miles from Junction, where Bear Bryant - another larger than life Aggie carved out part of his A&M legacy.

"I got to be in what I believe was one of the best parts of the state of Texas: the hill country," said Manziel Tuesday in his first meeting with the television media all season.

Kerrville is a sleepy Texas town wide awake with Johnny Football fever.

Jim Muncie is the unofficial president of the Johnny Manziel fan club. He's so full of pride, he wants to scream it from a mountain top. So we let him. During our visit atop the highest point in Kerr County, Muncie gave Manziel praise loftier than a Johnny hail mary.

"I know this is out there a little bit but this is a Willie Mays, this is a Jim Brown, this is a Michael Jordan," said Muncie. "This is the best of the best."

During his senior season at Tivy high school, Manziel accounted for 75 touchdowns. He hasn't played for the Antlers since 2010, but Johnny Football is still scoring big in his hometown.

"That's all we do on Saturdays now is watch football," said Kerrville resident Vivian Gonzales.

From Classic's Burgers to Paw Paw's BBQ, you don't have to travel far to be served some Johnny Football fandom.

"We love it," said Robin McGough, a member of the Texas A&M class of 1992. "We love hearing Kerrville all the time. Tivy high school, Kerrville. It's great."

"It's a new thing for Kerrville that's for sure," said Kerrville resident Elizabeth Garza. "He's a great guy and good football player. I want to see where he goes from here."

"He was pretty wild in high school," said Joel Sample. "Pretty much, if  the ball if it wasn't in his hands I don't think he was happy."

It was here, at Antler Stadium where Manziel first began to open eyes with his jaw-dropping style of play. But the field is not the only place where Johnny Football's reckless abandon makes a splash.

"We were tubing down the Frio river when Johnny climbed up to the top of this tree," said Muncie. "Maybe there was four or five foot of water, maybe there wasn't. It was not 'Go Johnny Go' it was 'No Johnny No!"

"He's pretty much a celebrity in town," said Kerrville high school freshman Brendon Morales. "If you saw Johnny Manziel you couldn't hesitate to be like 'Oh hey Johnny, what's up?"

As his stats continue to pile up, Manziel's legend grows just as fast. A Houdini who's now the Heisman Trophy frontrunner; Kerrville's finest is at the center of the college football world. All the while his longtime fans feel like they're on top of the world.

"Just enjoy this right now, because it can't get any better," said Muncie.Home of the Heisman? Kerrville Catches Johnny Football Fever


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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KEYE-TV Sports Team


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