December 30, 2020
BY Lance Cartelli

Johnny Manziel Returns to Football in Fan Controlled Football Startup League

Johnny Football is back. 

Johnny Manziel has agreed to return to the gridiron, according to ESPN. The former Heisman Trophy winner will suit up for the Fan Controlled Football league, a startup that features 7-on-7 games where fans set rosters and call plays. 

The league is scheduled to kick off in February. 

"The more I heard about what this was going to be, the more I felt it was going to be something that was just very fun," Manziel told ESPN. "It's going to be very fan-oriented and something I could get behind without being extremely, extremely, extremely serious, the way that my football career has been in the past."

Manziel, who was originally drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2014, hasn't played football since 2019 when he was a member of the Memphis Express in the AAF. Manziel also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes in the CFL. 

Why did the former Heisman Trophy winner decide to come back for this opportunity? 

"They're going to let the people [who] join this league be who they are and have fun with it and be a little bit more free," Manziel told ESPN. "That's definitely what appealed to me. They don't want me to change who I am or anything else."

The Fan Controlled Football league will consiste of teams will playing a six-week schedule, with games live-streamed on Twitch from a facility in Atlanta. 

Will you be watching the Fan Controlled Football league when it starts? 

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