Texas A&M regent Jim Schwertner caused a bit of a stir last week when he said Kyle Field should be renamed “Kyle Field: The House that Johnny Built” to commemorate Johnny Manziel, who was recently drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Based on the comments from former A&M linebacker Sean Porter, who said he'd never attend another A&M game, and the emails I’ve received from Aggie fans and alums, the reaction to Schwertner’s proposal has been mostly negative.
Manziel hadn’t addressed the issue himself until Sunday, when he told Fox Sports Ohio that the program’s rise over the past few years was a group effort.
“I didn’t do (it) on my own,” Manziel said. “I’m thankful for all those guys who helped me get to this point today and I wouldn’t be there without them. There’s so many people who have factored into why I’m so popular and why I’m so loved at Texas A&M. It’s because I’ve had great teammates and two great coaching staffs that helped me get to where I am today.
“It wasn’t me. There are guys, from Sean Porter to Damontre Moore to Luke Joeckel to Von Miller to Ryan Swope to Uzoma Nwachukwu, Patrick Lewis, you can go down the list. Coach Sumlin, you have guys drafted first round for the past four to five years. It’s slowly but surely creeping up.”
Though the likelihood of that name change happening was very low, especially since it’s only been a few months since Manziel’s career at A&M concluded, his comments here will hopefully close the books on this discussion.
Manziel's exciting style of play coupled with a move to the SEC helped the popularity and interest in A&M's program skyrocket in recent years. Kyle Field is currently undergoing a $450 million renovation project and Schwertner said the school would not have been able to come up with that kind of money without Manziel.
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