The Fan Controlled Football league will see former Browns teammates Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel team up on the Zappers
The Browns were hoping to have Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon lead the team into a flashy and bright future. The former teammates only played one season together, and only a few games at that. Gordon was coming off of a Pro Bowl season and Manziel was the exciting rookie, taken in the first round to the excitement of the fanbase.
They were supposed to lead the Browns to the promised land, but in just four-odd years, both men would be off the team and Manziel would be out of the league, trying to revive his career in the Canadian Football League.
Now, both men are out of the league. Gordon can’t stay clean and Manziel can’t keep his ego in check even though he’s been kicked out of two leagues and had a third close on him. Yet, the Fan Controlled Football league will see the former trouble-making teammates pair up once again as they try to get the Zapppers in the win column.
The league has had some moderate success, averaging in the 30k range on Twitch, and Gordon joining Manziel on the Zappers will certainly create buzz.
It wasn’t stated when Gordon will debut for the Zappers, but considering the announcement came just hours before the third game of their season, it seemed unlikely that he’d be making his debut the same day. With only one more regular-season game left on the schedule and one playoff game guaranteed, it will be interesting to see if Gordon is even able to play this year and if he does, what kind of shape he’s in.
It’s entirely possible the league won’t really worry about things like that, as they’re trying to get as many eyes as possible on their product. The league has a huge uphill battle to deal with, with a lack of star power, a silly “fan calls the plays” format and a ridiculous set of “power-ups” rules.