The circus that was Johnny Manziel's pro day at Texas A&M Thursday was nothing but a resounding success for the Heisman-winner, judging from the reaction to his approximately 45-minute workout.
Sure, a pro day isn't the end-all, be-all from a football player, but for someone as scrutinized as Manziel, it was hard to find a discouraging word. It was certainly different than the reaction surrounding Teddy Bridgewater's pro day.
Manziel's workout was televised by both ESPN and NFL Network, so in addition to the mass of dignitaries and media members present, many people were able to watch carefully around the country. New York Jets QB Michael Vick being one of them.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury coached Manziel at Texas A&M as the Aggies' offensive coordinator. Had Manziel done poorly, you likely weren't going to hear anything negative from him, but Kingsbury was effusive in his praise.
Manziel made the unorthodox decision to wear a helmet and shoulderpads for his workout, as normally quarterbacks simply throw in a t-shirt and shorts. The decision, which was of course analyzed heavily before he took the field, was because Manziel wanted to replicate throwing in a real game.
Before his pro day, Manziel chatted with President George H.W. Bush, who even tried on one of his helmets.
Bush and his wife Barbara were in attendance to watch Manziel throw, too. With their dogs.
Did it move Manziel up to the top of the draft? We'll let Shutdown Corner take it from there, but we can tell you this; the legend of Johnny Football at Texas A&M went out with plenty of excitement. As it should have.
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