Football effect? Texas A&M raises record $740M

Johnny Manziel

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had a spectacular game against No. 1 Alabama on September 15, 2013, but it wasn't enough for a win.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 9:53 AM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Johnny Football isn't just helping Texas A&M University on the football field.

The resurgence of Aggies football helped Texas A&M raise a record $740 million in donations during the past year. The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday (http://bit.ly/16wWgK7 ) that the fundraising haul exceeds the university's previous high mark by nearly 70 percent.

It also dwarfed the more than $400 million raised by rival University of Texas during the same period.

Texas A&M Foundation president Ed Davis says the campus is enjoying more energy thanks in part to the Aggies' return as a college football power. Quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last year while leading Texas A&M to its best season in more than a decade.

Davis says a thriving Texas energy sector has also boosted donors' fortunes.

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