(CBS News) Johnny Manziel-- or Johnny Football as he is known to many -- is still coming to terms with making history. On Saturday, the freshman Texas A&M quarterback-- awarded to the most outstanding player in collegiate football -- 40 years after freshmen were first granted Heisman eligibility.
He calls the days since that unforgettable career high, "chaos, absolute chaos."
Manziel told CBS News' Jeff Glor that he has been grappling with the media spotlight since the game in which he led his team to a stunning upset of the University of Alabama, the defending national champions and found himself at the top of the Heisman watch list.
"From there I tried to tune out the Sports Center, tune out all the media...labeling me as a Heisman favorite...I just tried to make sure, keep doing what you've been doing."
And he will do just, he said, looking ahead to next season. "Things this year have been beyond whatever I thought they would be, team-wise and individual...next year, it's just going to be fun. To...know that I have three years left to play a game you love."
Speaking to the possibility that he will be picked up by the NFL before those three years are up, Manziel said, "It will all be a decision that will be made down the road. If the NFL does call, you have to look at that."
Critics have said that he might be too small to take on the NFL, but at 6'1'' Manziel refutes the idea that his stature might be limiting in pro football.
"It's not all about size anymore," he said, "You don't have to be 6'5" to be a great pocket passer. You can be like RG3 and Russell Wilson and have some mobility."
He added that while he strategizes before taking the field, at a certain point his play becomes natural.
"I think I go into every play with a plan and if the defense wins and they have good from there, it almost just takes over and it's almost just natural to play the way I do," he explained.
Unfortunately for Manziel, the recent media frenzy may mean that he's missing out on a second athletic passion: basketball.
Manziel said he became an avid NBA fan in college, "because when I was in high school, my Dad didn't let me play because baseball was the thing I did. That and football. Basketball was in between so it was hard to fit it in. So when I got to college and the rec center, I'd go three or four times a week," he told Glor. "[I] love basketball. I could watch the NBA all night."
Aside from missing his beloved basketball, Manziel is taking his newfound fame, in stride, reminding himself of his true friends and longtime supporters.
"There's family that talk to you every once in a while at Christmas and now they're calling every week, friends coming out of the woodwork, everybody coming back," he said, but added that he knows those who have always been there, "start to finish."