Why football bad boys Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens are perfect in fan-controlled football:
On the court, Terrell Owens is maybe 48 years old. But it doesn’t look like it. He probably hasn’t taken a day off since his last NFL game. TO has been in the gym for work, looking forward to his next chance to hit the field. The NFL’s third all-time wide receiver shunned the NFL Hall of Fame for making him wait a year and held a press conference at his UT-Chattanooga alma mater, handing voters a proverbial middle finger who dared to disrespect him. He did so just months before running a 4.4 40-yard sprint in a charity run against professional NFL bowler Tyreek Hill.
15,934 receiving yards.
153 touchdown receptions.
Get your popcorn ready, it’s Terrell Owens’ birthday 🍿 pic.twitter.com/61AsRs2zq9
– Cycle (@bycycle) December 7, 2018
So let’s recap – he still has speed, Hall of Fame hands, a 6’4″ frame, 15,000 yards and 156 touchdowns to his name, and of course, the same bad boy attitude that got him. helped him become one of the professional footballers best pass catchers.Something tells me he will do well in FCF even in his middle age.
It’s ALL GOD. 🙏🏾
I don’t think or see the age. Honestly, I can’t explain it. Blessed beyond measure.#PLAYOFFTO
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This guy 🏃🏿♂️💨: #WyattGriffith @coachwyattgriffith on IG @NFLTotalAccess pic.twitter.com/I8cax8htPY
— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 14, 2022
However you think of FCF’s new star receiver, TO he brings eyes, announcers and football pedigree to a league looking to capitalize on a fantastic inaugural season. For Owens, he remains adamant that he deserves a second chance in the NFL even at the age of 48. The HOFer said it best himself:
“They hate loving me.”
Now back to the simpler times of 2014. On the Drakes cultural soundtrack “Draft day”, recent Heisman winner Johnny Manziel strutted onstage in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, triumphantly hoisting a Cleveland Browns jersey next to commissioner Roger Goodell. While this may have been the pinnacle of his short professional career, there’s no denying that Manziel did things his way.
Throwback to when Johnny Manziel shocked the college football world 🌎⚡️ pic.twitter.com/dNuqYvPyyW
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) April 2, 2020
In an era of scripted media responses and choir quarterbacks, Manziel became an undisputed college football supervillain because his bravado and party lifestyle were almost as exciting as his on-field play. After a redshirt first season on campus, Manziel exploded onto the scene in 2012, throwing for 3,706 yards, rushing for 1,410 yards and accounting for 47 total touchdowns en route to a historic Heisman Trophy campaign. His signature moment came when he defeated the top ranked Alabama crimson Tide and Nick Saban in Tuscalosa, anything but cementing his place as NCAA best player.
Manziel rocked the college football world as his play, touchdown celebrations, slam talk and celebrity status reflected a modern-day Joe Namath. Now, after a short professional career, Manziel is back in the FCF for the second year. Last year he showed the skills that made him a Heisman winner last season. For football’s latest rockstar quarterback, the league is giving him a stage to do what he loves while embracing his personality. The league franchise quarterback made his attitude known last year:
“Win or lose, we drink”
—XFLNewsHub (@XFLNewsHub) March 29, 2022
This year he will be paired with another of football’s most hated characters as Johnny Football and TO team up for Team Zappers, which debuts this Saturday. The two biggest names in the league are sure to bring eyes and excitement to CWF’s second season. Is the only question fueled by their play on the pitch? Or just nostalgia?