Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel certainly left his mark on the program in his two seasons as the Aggies’ starter. He put up outstanding numbers, won the Heisman Trophy and brought national attention to College Station.
To honor Manziel, who was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns Thursday night, a member of the A&M Board of Regents wants to change the name of A&M’s stadium from simply Kyle Field to “Kyle Field: The House that Johnny Built.”
Kyle Field is currently undergoing some significant renovations and upgrades over the offseason and Brent Zwerneman, who covers A&M for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle, was in College Station to get an update on the construction when A&M regent Jim Schwertner made the comment.
“I hope the Aggie Nation will come together and decide that’s something they want to do,” Schwertner said while saying that the school would not have been able to come up with the $450 million raised for the renovations without Manziel.
“It’s going to be up to the students and former students to decide that. That would sure be a real testament about how great that young man was for this university. My vote would be yes, but there are a lot of other folks who will have a vote on what I just said.”
To me, there’s no doubt that Manziel’s highlight-reel play provided an enormous boost for A&M athletics, but it’s probably too early for a name change like this. We’ll see if other A&M-affiliated people get behind Schwertner’s idea.
As for Kyle Field's construction, A&M chancellor John Sharp said that everything is on time and on budget to reopen for 2014.
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