Manziel worth only $20,000 to Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel became the only freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Last year Johnny Manziel became the only freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. (AP)

Texas A&M made only $20,000 last year from Heisman Trophy-winning QB Johnny Manziel, according to a Bloomberg article.

It states most of the money generated by the football team through ticket sales, radio and TV deals and booster donations were already set before Manziel “took a snap.”

Here’s what Texas A&M AD Eric Hyman said:

“People draw the conclusion that we make millions from Johnny winning the Heisman. I’d say we’ve gotten more financial benefit from joining what’s widely perceived as the best football conference in the country (the SEC) and having a winning program.”

It was reported that the $20,000 came from a fundraising dinner, “where donors paid to sit” at Manziel’s table. A part of that figure also came from the “team’s $60,000 in royalties from the sale of football jerseys.”

The immediate numbers back the article’s claims, but Texas A&M and Hyman shouldn’t discredit or belittle the exposure that Manziel has brought to the university and the football program, through good publicity or bad.

Manziel, foremost, has propelled the Aggies’ return to college football’s elite, fortuitously coinciding with the wise relocation to the SEC.

It might never be known how much money Manziel will generate for his school, especially if the program continues winning at a high level after he leaves for the NFL.

It’ll be considerably more than $20,000 in the end.

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November 5th, 2013
10:46 pm

[...] actually made ‘only’ $20,000 off Manziel last [...]

Truth, justice, and the American way (and to hell with Obama)

November 5th, 2013
10:42 pm

Manziel is collecting big paychecks from someone already, the NCAA just hasn’t looked hard enough.


November 5th, 2013
9:46 pm

Johnny Foosball will be a pro foosball flop. Guarantee. Who cares about him or A&M? Both are so highly over rated and media driven that a fall for both is imminent.


November 5th, 2013
8:34 pm

What’s the point? Trying to drum up sentiment for paying the players?


November 5th, 2013
6:02 pm

Ha, so I guess donors would be throwing money into stadium renovations if they didn’t have the most interesting player in college football enrolled.

All money is directly attributed right? All that TV time doesn’t amount to cash right?

No one gave a crap about A&M since RC Slocum until Manziel showed up.

Veteran Observer

November 5th, 2013
3:28 pm

The way to fix the Falcons is to draft him and his O linemen. Trade Ryan for a 1 & a 2 and use those picks as I stated.


November 5th, 2013
3:14 pm

Wonder if that dinner included an autograph? ;-)


November 5th, 2013
2:19 pm

“It was reported that the $20,000 came from a fundraising dinner, “where donors paid to sit” at Manziel’s table”

Nice to see A&M admit that they pimp out star players.


November 5th, 2013
2:14 pm

And they are paying him $50,000.

Nate the Great

November 5th, 2013
1:35 pm

Lets see how much he signs for out of college or take his entire pro earnings after retirement divided by his pro years played and that might be a much better indicator. If the kid gets drafted first overall and signs a five year 25 million dollar contract, I’d say he generated at least 10 million to Texas A&M. The AD and Bloomberg sound like complete baffoons for downplaying how much he’s generated for the school. I’m willing to bet that it’s more than the AD generated by about $20,000 if they want to use those moronic parameters to base how much money is generated by any one person.