Manziel focuses on being a leader

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gone were the over-the-top celebrations and Tweets about his experiences at Texas A&M University when Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel spoke to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday in Indianapolis.

Instead of lauding previous accomplishments or sharing stories about his experiences in college, Manziel talked about what he plans on bringing to the team that selects him in the 2014 NFL Draft in May.

"I play the game with a lot of heart, a lot of passion that really is unrivaled," Manziel said. "It's the way I was brought up, the way that I was taught from when I really started playing competitive football in high school.

"With my coach, Coach Julius Scott at Kerrville-Tivy (High School), it didn't matter who you were, what kind of player you were. He treated everybody the same and really taught me, 'No matter what the situation is, fight till the very end and don't show any weakness.'"

It was at Tivy High School where Manziel honed a competitive spirit that took the 5-foot-11 quarterback from unknown commodity fighting for playing time to Heisman Trophy winner as a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M.

"I'm probably one of the most competitive people on the face of this earth," Manziel said. "Whether it's sitting here playing tic-tac-toe, rock-paper-scissors or whatever it may be, I want to win.

"It's something that dates back all the way to being a kid. I don't like the taste of losing. It leaves a really sour taste in my mouth. I'm an extremely competitive person, but at the same time, I want to be a great leader as well."

When Manziel reports to his new team for the first time, he plans on leading the franchise by being a good teammate.

"Whatever team I do end up on, whenever I do get to that team, whenever I am in that organization, each one of those guys is now my teammate, my brother, and if I'm on the field with those guys, whatever it takes to try and be successful, to try and get a victory is what I'm going to do," Manziel said. "I'm going to do anything for that team, anything for that organization to try and be great, to try and be the best football player I can be.

"Whenever I decided to make this decision to turn professional, it was the time to really put my college years in the past and this is a job now. There's guys' families. There's coaches' families and jobs and all kinds of things on the line.

"I'll be extremely focused on whatever team I'll be on and really pour my heart out to be football 24-7 with that team."


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