If you were a college football fan in 2012, you might remember Johnny Manziel in the famous Scooby Doo costume. The former Texas A&M quarterback was a rising star and fan favorite (even with non-Aggies fans). Photos of Manziel in a Scooby Doo dancing with a lingerie-clad coed went viral. Even though social media wasn’t nearly as popular in 2012, these were the kind of photos that managed to make the rounds on the Internet.
Thanks to Manziel’s Barstool Sports podcast “Comeback Szn,” we now know a little bit about what the TAMU staff thought about Manziel’s viral party moment. Current Texas Tech coach and former Texas A&M assistant Kliff Kingsbury was a recent guest on Manziel’s podcast and talked about Halloween 2012 as well as the game that followed.
“The Scooby Doo picture — there’s a great story behind that one too because the next day we’re going to Mississippi State and Johnny is nowhere to be found in the offensive meeting,” Kingsbury said. “The picture has already come out. As a staff, I’m like, ‘That chick is hot. Good job, Johnny.’ I’m thinking, ‘He’s going to be on time.’ He doesn’t show at all for the meeting, so we’re trying to cover for his ass so he can at least show up for the walkthrough.
“Friday, before we leave to go to Starkville, here he comes. Johnny has some crazy excuse. His roommate pulled the plug on his alarm clocks — something with the electricity. But we already know what he’s been doing. So he misses the offensive meeting and trots out to walkthrough. Coach [Kevin] Sumlin doesn’t know, at this point, that he’s late. He goes through the walkthrough, probably still a little intoxicated at that point. We do our deal, he gets on the plane, goes to Starkville, and lays probably the best game I’ve ever seen. At that point, I’m like, ‘This kid is not human.’”
— ryan (@StillRyanFive) July 11, 2018
Kingsbury’s not exaggerating about Manziel’s game at Mississippi State. For those who don’t remember, Manziel was 30-of-36 passing for 311 yards along with 21 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies’ 38-13 win over MSU.