Johnny Manziel throws a TD pass to Terrell Owens

A team of Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens? Yes.

Manziel — the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and first-round champion — made his season debut Saturday for Fan Controlled Football on the Zappers, a team featuring Owens, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Though the Zappers were blown 44-6 by the Glacier Boyz, Owens and Manziel combined for the only touchdown for their team.

Manziel, 29, said before the game he was excited to play with Owens, 48, who also scored a touchdown in his first game last week.

“[Owens] looks the same as it did five, 15 years ago,” Manziel Rob Maadi of the Associated Press said before the game. “The guy is a legend.”

As for Manziel, he seems to be more mature at this stage in his life.

“I learned a lot more from the downfall than from the rise on the way up,” Manziel told the AP before the game. “So I look back and looked at my life for a while in a way that I reflected and kind of regret. And I don’t think that way about the course of my story anymore. I had a great opportunity to go to Texas A&M to get drafted into the NFL. And that career hasn’t turned out exactly the way I wanted it to, but I’ve learned a lot about life on this journey up and on this journey down.

“I am very thankful for where I am in my life right now and I can look back and say that I am completely at peace with my entire football career. For me it was fun. I’ve had an amazing journey in football. It has introduced me to a multitude of people around the world. So I’m grateful for my ride and I keep trying to be involved in the game in some way, shape or form.”

Manziel played in the Canadian Football League and the Alliance of American Football in 2018-19 before joining the Zappers last year. He started eight games for the Browns and went 2-6 in 2014-15 with seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

“I know the mistakes I made the first time around and I know I don’t really want to repeat those mistakes,” Manziel said, referring to his off-field issues. “For me, I’ve learned a lot. Well, have you actually learned by not implementing other changes in your life as you move forward? No, you didn’t really learn anything.

“So for me, a lot about the way I carry myself now, my outlook on life and my outlook on life, I feel like it trickles down to other people. It really is your life to live and only your life. And you know, I live my day the way I want to that makes me happy, and I feel like I radiate that aura in my everyday encounters.”

As for the Fan Controlled Football League, fans can announce offensive plays and vote on rules. Marshawn Lynch, Austin Ekeler, Richard Sherman and Dalvin Cook have their own teams in the league

And league fans got to see these two former NFL greats of the past creating a moment.

— with AP Johnny Manziel throws a TD pass to Terrell Owens


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