Johnny Manziel Shows Up In Georgia As Part Of The Newly-Formed Fan Controlled Football League

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If there’s a football league looking for players, you can bet that former first-round Cleveland Browns draft choice Johnny Manziel knows about it.

In some cases, he’s already lined up to play in it.

Manziel, who ticked off some Browns fans with some cryptic tweets after Cleveland lost 22-17 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional game earlier this year, is now part of the newly-formed Fan Controlled Football League.

The 28-year-old, who has bounced around from league to league since his release from Cleveland and the NFL, is the marquee player in the league, which is being held in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

The new league will debut on Feb 13, and a spokesperson confirmed that Manziel will be a part of it. Manziel showed up on Monday evening to be part of the league’s bubble in Georgia.

The league is described as a 7-on-7 full-contact football league in which fans control everything from uniforms to logos to play calling.

All the games will take place at a facility in Atlanta on a 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones.

The hope of the league is a ton of scoring and high impact play that will get fans engaged.

Manziel will be the quarterback for the Zappers, a team co-owned by Mets pitcher Trevor May and sportscaster Bob Menery.

Manziel isn’t the only recognizable name affiliated with the league. Former NFL player Marshawn Lynch is an owner of one of the teams, as is current NFL cornerback Richard Sherman and WNBA star Renee Montgomery.

There’s no word on whether games will be televised in some fashion or if they will be broadcast over the internet once they kickoff.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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