Johnny Manziel Finds Happiness In Fan Controlled Football League: ‘Win Or Lose We Booze’

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The Fan Controlled Football League made its debut Saturday night on Twitch, and it appears from the analytics side of things that this just might be the spring football league that survives an entire season. The AAF and XFL burned through millions only to fold early — COVID took out the XFL — leaving pigskin lovers with a huge void going into 2021.

Enter the FCF and the face of the league, Johnny Manziel, kicking off a four-game season Saturday night in Duluth, Georgia. If creating viral moments and being as crazy as possible was the goal, the FCF is an absolute success one week into its run.

Manziel, who had limited training to get his body ready to play 7-on-7 arena football, might not have stuffed the stats sheet — 1-of-5 passes for 11 yards — but he had one scramble that led to one million Twitter impressions and a two-point attempt that added another 600k impressions for the new league. It doesn’t matter a bit that Manziel’s team lost 48-44 because this really isn’t about wins and losses for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“Feels like I’m super washed up, but still had a blast,’’ Manziel said after the game. “That was the most fun I’ve had in a while.’’

“We’re having a blast. This league is fun, and everybody that’s here is having a good time, so we’ll keep getting better.’’

Manziel, who’s playing quarterback for his friend Bob Menery’s team, kept things in perspective as his team got off to an 0-1 start. “You know, win or lose, we booze on the Zappers.’’

If you’re looking to follow a bizarre football league that just might make it longer than one season, this one could be it. Add fans into this craziness and the FCF just might have the makings of something really special in coming years.

How crazy is this new league? A game of rock, paper, scissors decides the opening kickoff.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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