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 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 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 runs for a first down during the game against Alabama.
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Manziel celebrates after the Aggies defeated top-ranked Alabama 29-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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Manziel works out during warmups prior to the start of a game against Missouri.
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Manziel poses during an SI photo shoot in December 2012.
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"Johnny Football" arrives for the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Dec. 10, 2012.
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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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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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Manziel poses during an SI photo shoot in March 2013.
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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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Manziel throws out the first pitch before a Padres game.
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Manziel talks with reporters during SEC Media Day in Hoover, Ala., on July 16, 2013.
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Manziel listens while Host Jon Hamm speaks onstage at The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013.
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Manziel appears on the cover of the Aug. 5, 2013 issue of <italics>Sports Illustrated</italics>.
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After serving his first-half suspension in Texas A&M's opener against Rice, Manziel completed six of eight passes for three touchdowns in a 52-31 win on Aug. 31, 2013.
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Manziel dives for a touchdown during Texas A&M's 41-38 win against Ole Miss on Oct. 12, 2013.
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Manziel runs the ball upfield during Texas A&M's 57-7 win over UTEP on Nov. 2, 2013.
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Manziel celebrates late in the game against the Duke Blue Devils during the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Dec. 31, 2013. The Aggies were down 38-17 at halftime but with Manziel at the helm they came back to win 52-48. He threw four touchdown passes, completed 30 of 38 passes for 382 yards and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.
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Manziel was his spectacular self against No. 1 Alabama, throwing for a career-best 464 yards with five TDs and running for 98 yards, despite losing to 'Bama 49-42.
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