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Johnny Manziel’s latest comeback attempt will be in the Fan Controlled Football league


CLEVELAND, #Ohio — #When he played at #Texas A&M, #Johnny #Manziel was often compared to a video game character with his amazing elusiveness and ability to pull off the miraculous. #So, it’s fitting the former #Browns quarterback will try to resurrect his pro career in a new league that combines the best parts of live football and video games.

#Manziel’s latest comeback attempt will be with the #Zappers of #Fan #Controlled #Football, the league announced #Wednesday.

“We could not be more excited to have #Johnny #Manziel join the FCF,” said #Sohrob #Farudi, FCF co-founder and CEO, in a release. “To have one of the most talented and exciting players in the history of college football is a historic moment for the FCF, and for our fans who will have the opportunity to call the plays for #Manziel.”

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“Football has always been a huge part of my life, and the opportunity to join the FCF was too good to pass up,” added #Manziel, who lasted suited up in 2019 as a member of the #Memphis #Express of the #Alliance of #American #Football. “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’s tune has changed since #June, when he told the #Lubbock #Avalanche-Journal his playing days were “in the past, probably.”

“This has a lot of potential to just be a good time and still be football-centric,” he told ESPN on #Wednesday. “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 than what football is sometimes. #That’s definitely what appealed to me.”

FCF will encourage players to live stream their off-the-field activities and connect with fans directly in the same way esports players do. #Since being cut by the #Browns in 2016, the player formerly known as “Johnny #Football” has played in the #Spring #League and the #Canadian #Football #League in addition to the AAF. #Manziel has also battled substance abuse, depression and been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

#Fan #Controlled #Football, made up of four teams, will be just that. #Fans will have a say in everything– from designing the uniforms and implementing league rules to selecting starting lineups and calling plays in real time. The 7-on-7 games will last about an hour and be live-streamed on #Twitch from a facility in #Atlanta. #Registered fans compete with each other in interactive contests, earning custom badges and unlocking special perks.

“The long-term vision is to create a whole new world that sits between gaming and traditional sports,” #Farudi said in a release.

The league has yet to announce when its six-week schedule will kick off.

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