Johnny Manziel is letting you make all his football decisions.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback signed Wednesday to play in the newly created Fan Controlled Football, which will launch Feb. 13. Since he last played in the NFL in 2015, Manziel has played in the Canadian Football League, The Spring League and the Alliance of American Football – but this latest venture is unlike any other.
The 7-on-7 Fan Controlled Football league includes four teams playing games that will last one hour on a shortened field (50 yards by 35 yards), and it is designed to combine the competitiveness of live sports, the passion of fantasy sports and the interactivity of video games. Fans will make play calls and decide on personnel.
“Football has always been a huge part of my life, and the opportunity to join the FCF was too good to pass up,” Manziel said in a statement. “FCF is doing something new and original in sports, a league that is truly all about the fans and letting them call all the shots. I can’t wait to get started — this is going to be fun.”
Manziel will wear a microphone with a live-streaming helmet camera to give the audience the “unfiltered Johnny Football,” according to the league’s co-founder and CEO Sohrob Farudi.
Manziel, 28, was a 2014 first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. He flamed out after playing 14 games over two seasons when his commitment to working hard to improve was routinely called into question. After multiple run-ins with law enforcement, Manziel revealed in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Manziel last played in April 2019, before the AAF folded during its inaugural season.
NFL stars Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Austin Ekeler and newly acquired Mets pitcher Trevor May have ownership stakes in FCF teams.
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