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Texas A&M’s AD has a chat with Johnny Manziel about Heisman responsibility

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Now that Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman is worried about Manziel’s life as a Heisman winner.

So, he invited Manziel and his parents to chat about moving forward with Manziel’s newfound fame.

“I told them he's no longer a freshman, and he's no longer a sophomore, junior or senior,” Hyman told the San Antonio Express-News. “He is a 'Heisman.’

“It's (about) education, and we've got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award winner. There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”

Manziel has been the target of ridicule from fans and even some college coaches for pictures he’s posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He was also the subject of a TMZ piece, which showed the 20-year-old holding a bottle of champagne at a Dallas nightclub. According to the nightclub owner, Manziel’s parents were present and no one in the club saw Manziel drinking.

[Related: Johnny Manziel gets last laugh in recently posted tweet]

Last week, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops made a comment on a radio show that Manziel could win more Heisman Trophies if he stayed out of jail and off Twitter.

While Manziel is just trying to be a normal college kid, he's undoubtedly under a microscope, which makes every little thing he does a topic for national discussion.

"It's weird for me because life is changing," Manziel said. "I'm still the same person I have been. I'm just learning something new every day and kind of trying to figure out stuff more and more as the days go on."

And it’s not like Texas A&M has a lot of experience with Heisman winners either. The last was John David Crow in 1957, but Hyman still recognizes that when Manziel does something – even the most mundane thing – it reflects on the university and the Heisman Trophy trust.

“That's a special fraternity, but you also have to understand (Manziel) is 20 years old,” Hyman said. “It's a tremendous responsibility — but it is a responsibility.”

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