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Josh Gordon teaming up with Johnny Manziel in new football league

Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel

Former NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon is making a surprise return to playing football as a member of the FCF Zappers in the Fan Controlled Football league, team owner Bob Menery told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Gordon will join forces with former Cleveland Browns teammate Johnny Manziel.

The startup league will begin action in March and will bring an added twist to the sport of football:

The league, which began play this month, features 7-on-7 games in which fans set rosters, call plays and interact in a blend of traditional and esports environments.

Teams are set to have a six-week schedule to be played in a facility located in Atlanta while the games are being streamed on Twitch. Meanwhile, the participating athletes will be coming from various backgrounds and will feature former XFL, CFL, and Indoor Football League players.

Prior to his arrival to the Zappers, Gordon last saw action in the 2019 season as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL before he received a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. In 2020, the former Pro Bowler was set to make a comeback in the league and was about to practice with the Seahawks heading to the last two weeks of the regular season.

However, Josh Gordon was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list once again, thus postponing his return to the pros. He was then suspended indefinitely again in January.

The former Baylor standout has amassed a total of 4,252 yards on 247 receptions and 20 touchdowns through 63 NFL appearances and was a Super Bowl LIII champion with the New England Patriots.