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College Station, TX (CBS HOUSTON) – The third and final pro day from the top three rated quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft concluded with a show in College Station, Texas on Thursday.  Johnny Manziel took to the field completing 63 of 65 passes on the day.

The Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and GM Rick Smith were on hand to witness the performance and Johnny Football was well aware that he isn’t just showing off for the team with the number one pick.

“There’s 32 other teams, 31 other teams in this draft that could potentially take me,” Manziel said after his pro day workout. “We treat everyone the same and go through it with a smile on my face and have some fun.”

Manziel did attack his pro day a little different than most QB’s, wearing pads and a helmet in a situation where most players jog out in shorts and a t-shirt.

“You play the game in shoulder pads on Sundays,” Manziel said. “Why not come out here and do it?”

“I never understood why [not wearing pads] was a trend.  But for me it was a no brainier.”

This wasn’t just a showcase for Manziel who has had some criticism nationally on whether or not he deserves to be taken number one overall.

“Come out and treat this like a business day, treat this like a game day,” The Heisman winner said.

So what would staying in Texas, if drafted by the Texans mean for Manziel?

“I love the state of Texas,” Manziel said. “Been here my entire life, but it’s really out of my control.  All I can do is come out here and put on the best show possible, go into these meetings and try and show these guys a side of me that not a lot of people get to see.”

Along with all the coaches and scouts and front office members at the workout, Manziel was graced with an audience with former President and First lady George H. W. and Barbra Bush along with their two dogs, who made the trip to College Station to see the polarizing star.

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