Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 6/7/13
Let's say you were a native Texan and you learned to sing and play guitar and you wanted everybody to know that you were just a good ol' Texas country boy who loved good ol' Texas stuff. Chances are, your name would be something like "Granger Smith," and you'd write a song called something like "Silverado Bench Seat," and when it came time to shoot a music video, you'd find a Texas-based quarterback with a name like "Johnny" and you'd put him in that video. Well, this is not a hypothetical. This is real life. There is a real Texas country artist who is really named Granger Smith and who really wrote a song called "Silverado Bench Seat" and who really put Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the music video. Manziel isn't the only football player in it -- former A&M receiver Ryan Swope, now of the Arizona Cardinals -- makes a cameo appearance too, but it's another larger-than-life moment for the reigning Heisman winner and Texas native, whose musical relationships heretofore have trended more toward hip hop that Texas country. He counts rapper Wale among his friends. "It goes right alongside what he's been doing," Smith told USA Today. "He's entered the pop culture like no A&M quarterback ever has rarely has any college quarterback entered the pop culture. I think at first it made everyone nervous: 'How's this gonna pan out? Is he gonna end up in trouble somewhere?' But I think we've all embraced his personality. This is just him, how he embraces life to the fullest."
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