Johnny Football, a provocative new ebook about Heisman winner Johnny Manziel written by sports writer Josh Katzowitz on-sale Dec 26

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William Morrow/HarperCollins releases JOHNNY FOOTBALL, a provocative biography and the most in-depth profile to date of college football’s biggest star with first-hand commentary from family members, his high school coach, and football experts. Available as an e-book original.

“I’m a small-town kid,” Manziel said before winning the Heisman. “I still look at myself that way. I don’t see myself as Johnny Football. I see myself as Johnathan Manziel.”

Sports history was made December 8, 2012 when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, a.k.a Johnny Football, became the first college freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in its 78-year history, catapulting him into the national spotlight. On December 26, William Morrow will release a provocative biography and the most in-depth profile to date of this 20-year-old college football star entitled JOHNNY FOOTBALL: Johnny Manziel’s Road from the Texas Hill Country to the Top of College Football (E-Book Original; 978-0062276988; $1.99) written by Josh Katzowitz, an Austin-based NFL sportswriter.

With firsthand commentary from Johnny’s family members, his high school coach, and football experts, this read is just in time for the Cotton Bowl on January 4 when Texas A&M meets Oklahoma and all eyes will be on Johnny’s performance. In this revealing account of Johnny Manziel, you’ll get the chance to learn the story behind the mystique: how young phenom Johnny Manziel emerged from relative obscurity and his dubious family name to—after a storybook, record-breaking season—take home college football’s ultimate honor. “I’m a small-town kid,” Manziel said before winning the Heisman. “I still look at myself that way. I don’t see myself as Johnny Football. I see myself as Johnathan Manziel.”

Some of the below bullets will be discussed in this e-book:
•What Manziel’s life was like growing up in Tyler, TX.
•Manziel’s relationship with Charlie Dina, the 5-year-old from Houston who is undergoing a stem cell transplant. “I guess he was inspired by the way I play football,” Manziel said, a few hours before the Heisman ceremony. “Now, I’m inspired by the way that he fights through this cancer and through his chemo.”
•Why Texas A&M's Air Raid offense is perfectly suited for Manziel.
•Manziel’s agonizing decision about committing and then de-committing from Oregon before settling on A&M.
•A behind-the-scenes look at the day before the Heisman ceremony and what happened after the ceremony itself.

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