My daughter, Katie, and new husband, Chad, just happened to be in New York City hanging with Chad’s brother and family the very weekend of the Heisman award. They got there the Thursday before the big Heisman announcement. The city was buzzing about the upcoming event that would be held Saturday.
I saw their pictures on Facebook. It sure looked like they were having a great time. There were pictures of Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and the Christmas Market at Columbus Circle. And every day they made sure to walk past the Best Buy Theater on Broadway … just in case there was a Johnny “Football” Manziel sighting.
Did I mention Chad graduated from Texas A&M? This season Chad and some of his buddies attended the game of a lifetime … the A&M/Alabama game where A&M stomped all over Bama. Oh, and anyone that knows our daughter also knows Katie went to The University of Texas. I know … it’s a mixed marriage … but if anyone can make it work … they can.
So the night the Heisman was announced Katie, Chad and his brother, Kevin, decided, what the heck, let’s head down to Best Buy Theater for the big announcement. They were staying in Harlem and unfortunately missed the train that would bring them to Best Buy Theater on time. The important thing was to be down at the theater to celebrate. After all … Manzeil had won!!!
So there they were just after the announcement, Chad and Kevin standing in front of the Best Buy Theater. Kevin was posing Chad trying to get a picture of him in front of the banner sign that was congratulating Johnny. Our daughter was a few feet away at the street corner on Broadway when she saw three guys walk by. They had just left the Best Buy Theater. Two of the dudes had VIP passes around their necks. I don’t know the exact details, but she chatted them up, and one of the guys, a Heisman trustee, gives her his VIP pass. She promptly runs over to Chad and yells, “Get in there now!”
“My heart was racing when Katie handed me the VIP pass and told me to GO!! I had no idea I was heading to the floor where all the action was. I was just a few feet away from the greatest Heisman winners to play football … Doug Flutie, Earl Campbell, John David Crow to name a few,” said Chad.
Chad got a great photo with his hand on the Heisman trophy after the ceremony was over on the very stage where the ceremony was held. While he was standing in line to get the photograph of a lifetime, he chatted with Kevin Sumlin, A&M’s head coach, and with Kliff Kingsbury (A&M’s offensive coordinator, but as 12/12/12, the new head coach of his alma mater, Texas Tech). Both were in line to also get a firsthand glimpse of the Heisman. I could just imagine Chad saying to himself, “God … just pinch me now!”
“It wasn’t until later that I actually shook hands with Johnny Manziel. Katie, Kevin and I were walking the hallways on the 43rd floor of the Marriott marquis, where the Heisman hospitality suite was. Johnny and a few others walked right by so I was able to say congrats and quickly shake his hand,” Chad said.
Chad and Katie call it their spontaneous night at the Heisman Awards Ceremony. What a night … on so many levels!