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"He was never in day care. He stayed with me a lot. We played games constantly. I didn't care what it was, Go Fish, Sorry, Candy Land. All of it. I never let him win. I never let my own children win. I'm as competitive as they are. If they were going to win, they had to do it on their own. Johnny was around 10, and we were playing Krazy Bee Rummy when he said, 'I'm not playing anymore.' I said, 'That's fine if you want to quit because you're a bad loser, but let me give you this to think on. If you get up from this table and you quit, I will never play another game with you as long as you live.' So he sat down and he finished the game, and I'll be damned if he didn't win it."
—Pat Manziel, grandmother
"I taught him how to set the hook on a bass. When I did this, he started wanting to count fish. He was so competitive. If he beat me, everything was fine. But if I beat him, we'd get back to the house and he'd go in the bedroom and close the door. He couldn't stand it."
—Jerry Loggins, maternal grandfather
"He got in a groove his first year in coach-pitch and hit, like, 27 homers. They raised the fence on the leftfield line. And they were like, Well that's over with. No. He hit it over that.
"He was seven. I told him before the season started I'd give him $100 if he could knock a home run, because you don't think they're going to do it. He started jacking them. I got it down to $20 a pop before the year was up.
"People would say he can't do it at the next level—when he gets up there with the bigger boys and the bigger field, he can't knock it out. That's what we've heard his whole life. Then he'd go up to the next field and knock it out. Well, they'd say, when he gets to the big, big field, he'll never knock it out. They're already saying it: 'Enjoy your four years at Texas A&M, because you'll never be an NFL quarterback.' I just want to post when I read that: Really? Like I haven't heard that for 20 years?"
"He used to have the strongest arm you'd ever seen. He'd fire that ball—football or baseball. [His grandmother] said, 'Don't y'all be throwing the ball in the house.' Invariably, after she went to bed, we'd start throwing the ball. He wanted to see how hard he could throw it. He'd knock a lamp off, and here she'd come. It scared him to death. He'd run and hide behind the couch so she couldn't find him."