Marshawn Lynch has already come out of retirement twice in his career and now he’s doing so a third time-- with a twist.
Lynch and his former Seattle Seahawks teammate, now 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman have both entered the entrepreneurial space as franchise owners in Fan Controlled Football League (FCF), which features 7-on-7 games where fans set the rosters, call the plays and interact with one another in a unique sports environment.
Lynch, who is also co-owner of the Oakland Panthers Indoor Football League, named his FCF team “Beasts,” while Sherman coined his squad “Glacier Boyz.”
The league, scheduled to begin play in February, has other celebrity owners including Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, rapper Quavo, heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson and WNBA star Renee Montgomery. On the player side, Johnny Manziel recently announced that he will resume his playing career by joining FCF.
The goal of the league is essentially to have fans act as general managers in every way. In addition to voting on branding and players drafted, the fans will decide who starts, who is on the trading block, and what it’s like to call actual plays in real time.
The field will also be only 50 yards long and 35 yards wide so that QBs can easily sling the ball into the end zone from just about any spot on the field. We're really about to find out who's "just 'bout that action, boss."
The FCF games will be held in the Atlanta area and streamed live on Twitch, so you can watch your favorite coaches and players go Beast Mode on the field.