Keith Wainwright cops Defensive Player of the Week honours
Keith Wainwright Jr says he is both “blessed” and “grateful” to have been named Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth round of the Fan-Controlled Football League.
The Bermudian linebacker made his presence felt on the pitch as he completed four tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery playing for the Zappers and King Pins at the Pullman Yards in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I have been nominated every week since the season except for the first round so I was very grateful,” Wainwright told The Royal Gazette. “I was excited and to finally win the award was a blessing.”
The 30-year-old continues to reap the benefits from a hard work ethic and an unwavering commitment in pursuit of his goals.
“Getting acknowledged for the work you put in is always a great thing,” Wainwright added. “However, I still have work to do. I want that Defensive MVP for the season and to win a championship.”
Wainwright completed two tackles and an interception as he helped Zappers to 28-24 win over Shoulda Been Stars.
“We have played this offence as a defence for three weeks straight, so we are pretty comfortable about their tendencies and what they can do,” he said. “Our goal was to give the Zappers their first win for the fans.
“I knew my interception would eventually come, as I have studied that play a thousand times. I should have scored, but hey.”
Wainwright then helped the King Pins to 34-28 win over 8OKI.
“We knew that getting them a second win would be challenging because playing two games is very, very hard,” he added. “But our goal was to win two games.
“We knew we had to rough up their quarterback early in order to succeed, and it worked out. We put pressure on him and forced hard throws and turnovers and put our offence in a good position to score and win the game.”
League rules allow only defensive players such as Wainwright to play for more than one team throughout the entire season.
Fan-Controlled Football is a professional indoor football league created in 2017 as the first sports league controlled by fans. All games are broadcast on Twitch, NBCLX, DAZN, FuboTV and Peacock.
Bored Ape Football Club boast the best season record of 5-1, followed by Knights of Degen and Shoulda Been Stars, who are both 4-2.