Johnny Manziel Says 2012 Arrest Helped Him Win Heisman, Thanks to Sprint Punishment
Johnny Manziel recently shared that if it weren't for his 2012 arrest and the grueling punishment that followed after getting in trouble, he wouldn't have won the Heisman...

Manziel was arrested for disorderly conduct and having a fake ID after getting in a fight at College Station on June 29, 2012 ... months before his breakout redshirt freshman season at Texas A&M.

28-year-old Manziel is now opening up on the fallout from his wild night of Irish car bombs and Patron ... saying he was forced to run gassers before and after every Aggies football practice as punishment -- which ended up being the ultimate blessing in disguise for a guy that was 4th on the depth chart at the time.

"In 11 days, I won the (starting) job doing these sprints, doing the whole thing," Manziel said on his "Ball Don't Lie" podcast with Mike.

"At the end of the year, I rushed for 1,500 yards. I outrushed Todd Gurley in the SEC. Nuts. My redshirt freshman year, the year I won the Heisman."

"I believe all that was directly correlated to me running those sprints at the beginning of the year and being in the dumbest shape on the team."

In other words, Johnny says if he hadn't gotten in trouble, his whole career would have played out completely differently.

"Without a doubt. I got punished and I won a Heisman for it. It's crazy. The bad doesn't always turn out so bad down the line."

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thought he was divorced
Reply8 months
No a single fluke win over Alabama won you the Heisman dumbass.
Reply8 months
That is the only game of importance A&M won during Manziel's complete carrier with the Aggies.
8 months
Looks like he’s really turning his life around.
Reply8 months
I still can't believe this guy is alive. I guess he has turned his life around enough
Reply8 months
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