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MANCHACA, TRAVIS COUNTY One player has certainly made Kyle Field his own. Johnny Manziel has been a big draw for people to come to Kyle and watch him play. In fact, many fans have been inspired by his performance on the field. The most common form in paying tribute?
So, how are Johnny Cash and Johnny Football related? We traveled to Manchaca, Texas, to find out.
For nearly 40 years, KR Wood has been singing and playing guitar. The cowboy performer is big on Texas History. He's been adopted into the Davy Crockett family. KR has even played inside the Alamo. But, there's one person making some history of his own in Texas that KR is singing about.
"Johnny Football has made football so much more fun to watch since he has come onto the scene," said Wood. He continued to say that Manziel has become an inspiration. Wood called him a folk hero with football. In Texas, football is everything.
The idea for the song struck him one night.
"I just woke up singing Johnny Football the rebel, and Johnny Football the legend and the song just kinda hit me like a bolt a lightning," explained Wood. The inspiration also came from the old television show Johnny Yuma, The Rebel. Of all the songs Wood has written, he said this on pretty much wrote itself.
It took getting through what Wood called "maroon tape" to get the rights to rewrite the lyrics. Even the guys in the licensing department knew about Johnny Manziel.
"They were saying 'we hope you beat alabama' and all this stuff. It was funny and kinda neat to know that it's not just Texas and the Aggie Nation, people all over the United States know about Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Fightin Texas Aggie football team," said Wood.
The song means a lot to Wood. He wants it to have meaning with Texas A&M, the football team and the fans. Wood hopes the song will rally the Aggie faithful and inspire others. Just like Johnny inspired him.