Johnny Manziel is back on the gridiron.
The former Cleveland Browns bust and Heisman Trophy winner made his debut for the Zappers in the Fan Controlled Football League – a new 7-on-7 league played on a 50-yard field where fans have input in everything from uniforms and play-calling — on Saturday in a 48-44 loss.
He completed just one of five pass attempts for 11 yards while rushing for 67 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, including a 38-yard run on his first play from scrimmage.
While the 28-year-old has bounced around from league to league trying to make his way back to the NFL in recent years, the quarterback seemed to suggest this time is not so much a comeback as it is just a place for him to enjoy playing football.
“Feels like I’m super washed up, but I still had a blast,” he said. “That was the most fun I’ve had in a while.”
The FCF contains four teams and will take place each Saturday for six weeks, with games streamed on Twitch at 8 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET.
Manziel, who was playing in his first game since the 2019 when he was in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, is optimistic the league and his team will continue to improve.
“The product will keep getting better as the weeks go on,” he said after the game. “Good start even with the loss. You know, win or lose we booze on the Zappers.”