Johnny Manziel's hometown celebrates Heisman win

Kerrville residents react to Johnny Football's historic win of the prestigious award

Johnny Manziel

KERVILLE, Texas – Residents in Kerrville are celebrating after Texas A&M quarterback and former Tivy High School football star Johnny Manziel was awarded the Heisman trophy.

A crowd of friends, fans and former teammates gathered at a watch party at Wing King in Kerrville on Saturday night. And, when the announcement was made on the big screen, the crowd there went wild.

"Oh. We are very proud," said one Kerrville resident. "The whole town is proud of him."

Residents at the watch party said they are not only proud that former Tivy High School football player is now a Heisman recipient, but he's also making history, becoming the first freshman to win the top honors.

"It's crazy that he won it," said Jesse Lujan, a Kerrville resident. "He's only a freshman."

Also part of the hometown crowd was Manziel's former teammate from high school, Robert Martinez.

Martinez said he was especially proud hearing the new Heisman recipient thank his former coaches at Tivy High School in Kerrville.

"It just shows you who he is," said Martinez. "He hasn't forgotten where he came from. He still thinks about us and that is just great to know."

Jesse Lujan said he came out Wing King on Saturday for his son, Jesse, who also played with Manziel in 2009.

"I'm just thrilled to death that this kid has won it," said Lujan. "He deserves it. He's a great player and maybe he'll win again next year."

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Stephanie Serna is a weekday anchor on Good Morning San Antonio and GMSA at 9 a.m. She joined the KSAT 12 News team in November 2009 as a general assignments reporter.