Keith Wainwright impresses in Fan Controlled Football League debut
Keith Wainwright Jr announced his arrival on the Fan Controlled Football League scene in the United States in style.
The Bermudian linebacker made his presence felt with four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery on his league debut playing for both the Knights of Degen and 8OKI last weekend.
In recognition of his outstanding performance, observed by more than two million television viewers, Wainwright was named Defensive Player of the Week for his position.
“Receiving accolades from the work that I put in is always a good feeling,” he told The Royal Gazette. “I was excited and just glad that I received the recognition that I deserved.
“My feeling now is to stay humble and keep putting in the work week in, week out.”
Wainwright made two tackles, broke up a pass and had an assist playing for the Knights of Degen in a 32-36 loss against Bored Ape FC.
“The game was really fast and the guy that was behind me switched out every series,” he added.
Wainwright then improved on that display by making a sack, three tackles and an assist to help guide 8OKI to a 28-26 victory over Kingpins in a tight affair that went right down to the wire.
“Leading to the second game I knew, just like the exhibition game, I had to do something that caused me to standout — and it was actually the prime-time game,” he said.
“That game was pretty good and we won in the last two seconds of the game. It was a Hail Mary to one of our receivers for a touchdown to win by two points.
“Overall, it was fun and I am glad to be in an arena playing pretty good. Just glad that I am back on the field and looking good.”
Fan Controlled Football is a professional indoor football league created in 2017 as the first sports league controlled by fans.
All games are played at the Pullman Yards in Atlanta, Georgia, and broadcast on Twitch, NBCLX, DAZN, FuboTV and Peacock.