Fan Controlled Football released its player rankings by position Wednesday morning, and Johnny Manziel was rated as the top quarterback in the fledgling football league.
Given the rather underwhelming résumés of his fellow quarterbacks, Manziel’s ranking should hardly come as a surprise, even with his checkered and lackluster history as a signal-caller.
Top 5 FCF Quarterbacks— FanControlledFootball News (@NewsFCF) February 3, 2021
1. Johnny Manziel
2. Quinten Flowers
3. Deondre Francois
4. David Pindell
5. Jackson Erdmann
The one-time Heisman Trophy winner and NFL flameout announced in December that he had signed on with a startup league.
“The more I heard about what this was going to be, the more I felt it was going to be something that was just very fun,” Manziel said.
Manziel caught on with the Zappers, a team co-owned by New York Mets pitcher Trevor May and sportscaster Bob Menery. He arrived at the team’s hotel in Gwinnett County, Ga., on Monday night.
Johnny Manziel Arrives to Fan Controlled Football League Bubble, Ready to Playhttps://t.co/A6QufqN5ew— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) February 3, 2021
The name of the league speaks for itself. A hybrid of esports and traditional football, the 7-on-7 full-contact league will have fans set rosters, call plays and much more.
The FCF of course will stand in stark contrast to other football leagues. The field will be 50 yards long with 10-yard end zones. Like the NFL, games will be 60 minutes long, but the similarities mostly end there. All FCF games will be live-streamed on Twitch and be held in a facility in Atlanta, Ga.
League officials told TMZ Sports this week that the teams’ hotel has been “taken over” and transformed into a quasi-“bubble” environment with associated COVID-19 protocols.
Manziel’s last pro football action was in April 2019 with the now-defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF). He also had a brief stint in the CFL after his infamous release by the Cleveland Browns back in 2015.
Manziel, 28, of course suffered a precipitous, scandalous and disappointing fall in a career that began with promise — not to mention hype — after the Browns selected the quarterback formerly known as “Johnny Football” with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.
While Manziel officially “retired” from professional football years ago, the novelty of the FCF clearly piqued his interest in getting back on the (modified) gridiron one more time.