Keith Wainwright keen to make mark in Fan Controlled Football League
Keith Wainwright Jr is determined to make his mark in the Fan Controlled Football League in the United States.
The Bermudian linebacker made the final cut at a training camp at Silverback Field in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, and is now looking forward to showcasing his talents in the professional indoor league.
“Everybody was nervous about cuts on Monday morning,” Wainwright said. “They literally let go 30-plus players.
“Once I found out that I made the final cut, I knew that I was one of the top guys in my position.
“Additionally, I was the first defensive player to receive the turnover chain. The turnover chain is received to the player that causes a turnover with either a forced fumble or an interception.”
The final cut followed preseason games held last weekend, which saw Wainwright playing for both the Glazier Boyz and Bored Ape FC.
“I played with the Glazier Boyz versus Kingpins in Game 1 as a back up to Cecil Cherry at linebacker,” he said. “I didn’t play much; played two series with one tackle and one assist. The game was really fast and we won.”
Wainwright was more determined to make an impact in the second game playing for Bored Ape FC against the Beasts.
“I knew going into the second game I had go do something that can cause me to stand out,” he added.
“I started and ended up with four tackles, two assists and a forced fumble that caused our team to go into two overtimes. We lost by one point.
“It was an amazing experience. I loved every bit of it and I am excited going forward.”
Wainwright is now waiting to see which team he will join for at the start of the season, with league rules allowing players to play for any of the member teams up until the first three weeks of the season until they are finally locked in a team.
“The first three games, I can be on any team based on what the fans draft me on,” Wainwright said.
“Going forward, I am looking to stay healthy, get defensive player of the year and get stats. I definitely will represent.”
The league consists of fast-paced, seven-on-seven football played on a 50-yard field with two 20-minute halves with the fans making every decision from roster to calling plays.
There are no kick-offs, punts or goalposts with teams starting on their own ten-yard line and trying to drive 40 yards downfield for a score.
A battle between a wide receiver and defensive back will take place in place of a field goal for the extra point. Fans will choose either a one-point conversion from the five-yard line or a two-point conversion from the ten-yard line.
The 2022 season kicks off today with games to be televised on Fox Sports and Twitch.
Shoulda Been Stars, Zappers, Knights of Degen and 8OKI are the remaining teams in the league.
A new champion will be crowned this season after last year’s champions Wild Aces opted to no longer compete in the league.