I am so anxious.
Browns fans just received word that two more people (a staffer and practice squad player) tested positive for COVID. The facility is closed and they are doing a contact tracing. That’s how all of the wide receivers were taken out of last game’s lineup.
My therapist recommends talking about quarterback Johnny Manziel to ease these feelings…
Everyone remembers how the Browns drafted Johnny with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Like so many Cleveland quarterbacks before him, he failed at the position. The Texas A&M star played in only 14 NFL games.
Anyway, news broke today that Johnny, now 28 years old, is going to be a part of a new football league. This via Yahoo Sports:
“There are four teams with celebrity owners including San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, rapper Quavo, New York Mets pitcher Trevor May, former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler.
It’s a six-week schedule based in Atlanta and games are live-streamed on Twitch. It’s a smaller field at 50-by-25 yards with 10-yard end zones. Games are expected to be about an hour long.”
This sounds somewhat like arena football. That league closed in 2019. Johnny’s personality would be great for something such as this new startup, “Fan Controlled Football.” The NFL is so uptight about everything and that didn’t mesh well with a guy like Manziel.
This new league is essentially run by fans and they’ll be the ones that call the plays. They might do a better job compared to some professionals of the past here in Cleveland.
Frankly, there is no way to know if a league like this will gain any traction. Especially in these COVID times, everything is a little different.
A Johnny Manziel quote Via ESPN:
“Life gives you opportunities sometimes to do something that you would still like to do if it was in a different capacity,” Manziel said, via ESPN. “This has a lot of potential to just be a good time and still be football-centric. 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. They don’t want me to change who I am or anything else. They want to come out, put a good product out and be fun with it.”
I get that!
As mentioned earlier, the NFL always wants its players to turn into someone they are not. For some, like Manziel, this just isn’t possible and it leads to a disastrous career. A league that could best be described as “chill” could really be a fit nice fit for the quarterback.
Best of luck, Johnny.