Heisman Trophy winner Johnny “Football” Manziel is featured in a new country music video called “Silverado Bench Seat,” written and performed by Granger Smith.
Sarah Savage, Manziel’s girlfriend, also appears in the video as does former Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope. Johnny Manziel doesn’t sing in the video but is shown tossing a football, signing autographs for kids, and smooching in a truck with Savage.
The video almost seems like a car commercial, but perhaps you have to be a country music fan to fully appreciate it. “Silverado Bench Seat” is one of the tunes on Granger’s new album, Dirt Road Driveway.
Texas native Granger Smith and Manziel have previously struck up a friendship, and Smith’s song “We Bleed Maroon” has become the Aggies’ unofficial school anthem.
Last season, Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M to an 11-2 record while becoming the first freshmen in college football to win the Heisman Trophy. Manziel threw for 26 touchdowns and ran for 21 more in his first college season Johnny Manziel’s eye-popping numbers included 3,706 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also ran for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns. He guided his team to a win over Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
To say the least, Manziel has been making the most of his college football fame. “Since leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory, the quarterback has embarked on an occasionally controversial, but always entertaining journey that seems like a fantasy bucket list, almost all chronicled on social media.”
Surprisingly enough, appearing in a music video apparently does not constitute an NCAA rules violation. “But generally speaking, athletes are permitted by NCAA rules to appear, when out of season, in films, videos or plays as long as there’s no implied commercial endorsement and as long as they’re not compensated for the appearance. Smith said Manziel wasn’t paid.”
Watch “Silverado Bench Seat” by country artist Granger Smith featuring Johnny Football and others: