Former Texas A&M linebacker sounds off on ‘House That Johnny Built’

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Texas A&M Board of Regents member Jim Schwertner created a media storm this week when he said Monday that he hopes Kyle Field gets changed to ‘The House That Johnny Built’.

“I hope the Aggie Nation will come together and decide that’s something they want to do,” Schwertner said.

Former Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter, who currently plays with the Cincinnati Bengals and played with Johnny Manziel during his 2012 Heisman extravaganza, lashed out at the idea.

Texas A&M is indebted to Johnny Manziel; he created so much media hype and was a key piece in helping the Aggies’ move to the SEC a successful one. Manziel was highly instrumental in helping the program raise $450 million for the two-phase renovation that’s currently ongoing.

But as Sean Porter suggests, it essentially defames and belittles what others have done to help build a successful and powerful program.

Porter was just one of the many who lashed out at the very thought of the idea. What about Kevin Sumlin, his staff and the other 84 scholarship players? What about past players and coaches who laid the foundation for the very program Manziel set foot into?

Photo Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

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  • There are far too many former Aggie players and coaches that helped build the Texas A&M program to only recognize one individual. Coaches like Stallings, Slocum, and Bryant. Players like John David Crow, Von Miller, Dat Nguyen. Manziel was a great college football player, but giving him that kind of credit is a bit of a stretch.

    • I couldn’t agree more Capstone. Manziel was great for A&M, but he isn’t the type of person I would want my kid to look up to as for as what he has done off the field. There has been a lot of great players that have played at A&M and for this Board member to even suggest this idea is just stupid. If A&M wanted to name the stadium after Crow, I would go for that, he was a great player and had great character. That’s the kind of person you name a stadium after!

  • IS THAT GUY STUPID OR WHAT. THEY DIDNT EVEN WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIM AND NEVER WOULD HAVE. HE’S GONNA BE A BUST IN THE NFL. SO WHY WOULD ANYBODY BUT AN IDIOT WOULD EVEN COME UP WITH AN IDEA LIKE THAT.

  • The Board of Regent in question is a Texas Tech graduate. Go figure. He even got the “other” Heisman trophy winner wrong. John David Crow not Kimbrough. Too much of what ol’ Jim said was dead wrong and disagreed entirely with how a significant majority of Aggies past and present feel about this. Also it completely discredits what Mr. Kyle did to initially have the field “built.”

  • Let’s get something straight, NO AGGIE I’VE TALKED TO THINKS THIS IS A GOOD IDEA OR EVEN REMOTELY A POSSIBILITY. It was a careless comment by an out of touch regent.

  • aTm is a team program to me. Not a star maker. Not a hollywood minute of fame. In Missouri we respect aTm for the opposite reasons, teams that didn’t have any stars but won some games anyway. We will never like Texas because they can’t capture that common man strength. Manziel is that amazing talent that comes along maybe once in the history of football. People who say he won’t win games in the NFL are nuts. But I don’t care, he played in a program of good old boys and I know the value in that even when I listen to them play on the radio. Statues are for coaches, especially for great men who didn’t get paid much, High School coaches who taught 3 classes every day. Then went to practice, then put out fires till mid-night.

  • A&m is a great university and a mediocre program but they joined the sec two years ago and were predicted to be last I the west but manziel beat bama and put a&m on the map in the sec as ridiculous as it sounds manziel built the house a&m lives in right now in their new conference

    • you must be an aTm hater, cause you’re not looking at the programs accomplishments in the past decade at all, much less all-time. from Missouri

  • Is Manziel deserving of this honor? Absolutely, and I hope they do name something after him. They couldn’t name enough buildings after him to repay him for what he has done for that University and football program. It is way too soon though IMO. Give it a little time to see how he does in the NFL as far as off the field behavior goes. In about 10 years if he still represents the University in a positive light then they need to do this. Maybe by that time former players will have a better understanding and different view of just how much A&M and those players benefitted from Manziel playing there and his lasting legacy on the football program. Not many people(if any) can say they did as much for their football program as he did for A&M.

  • This is the blog for extremists today!