Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won a three-man competition for starting quarterback before the 2012 season and never looked back, leading the Aggies to a 10-2 record and becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. SI takes a look back at Johnny Football's journey to stardom, starting with him throwing passes at the age of 1-and-a-half.
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Manziel at 4 years old, already holding a football in his hands.
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Manziel, age 4, shows off his allegiance to the Packers.
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Manziel, age 9, shows he's more than just a one-sport athlete.
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Manziel poses with his 6th grade football team, the Tyler (Texas) Hurricanes.
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Manziel at age 11, posing for a school photo.
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Manziel poses in pads while playing for Kerrville Tivy High in Kerrville, Texas.
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Manziel salutes the Aggies fans after scoring a touchdown against Florida.
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Manziel celebrates after throwing a touchdown against the Gators.
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Manziel dives for a touchdown past Auburn linebackers Cassanova McKinzy and Daren Bates.
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Manziel signs for a fan after Texas A&M dismantled Auburn, 63-21, in October.
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Manziel celebrates after the Aggies defeated top-ranked Alabama 29-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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Manziel stands on the sidelines during a game against Alabama.
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Manziel runs for a first down during the game against Alabama.
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Manziel works out during warmups prior to the start of a game against Missouri.
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Manziel runs past Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls for a touchdown in the second quarter of a November game against the Bulldogs.
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Manziel poses during an SI photo shoot in December 2012.
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Heisman finalists Collin Klein, Manziel and Manti Te'o pose with the Heisman Trophy.
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Manziel gives a thumbs-up after winning the Heisman Trophy. Soon after, he would also become college football's first freshman to be named AP Player of the Year.
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Manziel looks for an opening during January's Cotton Bowl game against Oklahoma.
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Manziel stops to pose for a photo with a credentialed fan.
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Megan Fox with Johnny Manziel during an interview with Jay Leno in December. Fox, then a new mother, holds a customized Texas A&M jersey Manziel gave her.
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Manziel throws out the first pitch before a Padres game.
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Pitching great and Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan shakes hands with Manziel. The young quarterback was in Arlington to throw the first pitch before the game on April 7.
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