Any time Johnny Manziel involves himself in anything football, there remains much intrigue. The former Cleveland Browns‘ quarterback has gone through a difficult path in continuing his professional career. Manziel has now elected to take another shot at playing football in an unexpected way.
Johnny Manziel’s football journey
Since finishing his collegiate days at Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel has experienced a jagged path in his football career.
Manziel struggled to find stability on and off the field during his two-year tenure with the Cleveland Browns. His mishandling of that situation cost him an opportunity to be a primary long-term fixture in Cleveland, as he hasn’t played in the league since 2015.
The 28-year-old has since explored other opportunities in the football realm. Manziel had a brief run in the Canadian Football League in 2018 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes. His time in the CFL ended abruptly after the Alouettes believed he violated the terms of his contract.
Shortly following that, he signed to play with the Memphis Express in the American Alliance Football league for the inaugural 2019 campaign. However, the stint was cut short due to the AAF suspending their operations just two weeks into the season. Manziel is now looking to kick start his football career again with an out-of-the-box venture.
Johnny Manziel will play in 7-on-7 Fan Controlled Football league
Following a couple of weeks of speculation, Johnny Manziel has agreed to play football again.
The former Heisman Trophy Award winner has elected to join the 7-on-7 Fan Controlled Football league that will start Feb. 13. Manziel released a statement where he voiced his excitement to begin his latest venture. (H/T NY Post)
“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.”
The league’s parameters will include four teams playing games that will extend for an hour on a shortened field with the measures of 50 yards by 35 yards (NFL is 120 yards by 53 1/3 yards). The aim is to put together the elements of competitiveness of live sports, fantasy sports, and a video game feel with fans deciding the plays and player personnel.
Manziel will don a microphone along with a livestreaming helmet camera to provide fans the inside experience of the “unfiltered Johnny Manziel.” The league has ownership stakes from former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch along with Richard Sherman and Austin Ekeler and New York Mets pitcher Trevor May.
Will he get another shot to play in the NFL?
The decision to play in the Fan Controlled Football league makes it quite clear that he still desires to play football.
However, any chance of him returning to the NFL is likely out of the window. Manziel’s failed brief tenures with the Canadian Football league, The Spring League, and Alliance of American Football only further hurt any opportunity.
The final two stints may have seen the league’s fall apart, but now he’s down to a newly created association. There remain questions about his character and maturity that have only damaged his image.
Each time that Manziel does anything football related, the NFL comeback conversations start back up again. It looks like he’s moving further away from any hope of playing for another NFL franchise.
Manziel will always hold much fan intrigue due to his impressive and often thrilling collegiate career at Texas A&M, but any talk of getting another shot is bleak at best.