Keith Wainwright Jr officially recruited by Fan Controlled Football League
Keith Wainwright Jr has officially joined the Fan Controlled Football League.
The Bermudian linebacker put pen-to-paper on an undisclosed deal on Tuesday having been selected from a pool of 145 players that made the initial cut following trials in October.
Wainwright was optimistic he would be get the nod.
“I knew that it could potentially come, just didn't know when,” he told The Royal Gazette
The 29-year-old is now waiting to see which of the league’s eight teams he will represent during the 2022 season.
While he is relieved to have cleared another hurdle, Wainwright knows the hard work has only just begun.
“I really feel a sense of relief, but not complacency,” he added.
“I still have a lot of work to do to make the cut but so far so good. Glory to God.”
Fan Controlled Football League boasts four teams – Glacier Boyz, Zappers, Beasts and Wild Aces – with NFL stars Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Austin Ekeler, rapper Quavo, Major League Baseball’s Trevor May and NBA 2K’s Ronnie Singh among the respective owners.
The league consists of fast-paced 7-on-7 football played on a 50-yard field with two 20-minute halves with the fans making every decision from roster to play-calling.
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 wider 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.
Wainwright is chomping at the bit to showcase his skills in the league.
“I’m excited and it has been a passion of mine since I came to the United states in 1999 and since I found out I was actually good,” he said.
“Everybody has a different path. God has laid my path differently than others and that’s okay. The ultimate goal is near.”
Wainwright is confident he can hold his own at this level and reckons coaching has made him wiser and given him a tactical advantage as a player.
“I’m very confident and coaching high school football at James Clemens High School and seeing the game as a coach and playing the game has taken my IQ to another level,” he said.
“I train faithfully thanks to my dad (former Southampton Rangers batsman Keith Wainwright Sr) for instilling that in me and I have the size and the strength.”
The 2022 season kicks off on April 16 with games to be televised on Fox Sports and Twitch.
Wild Aces are the defending champions having beaten Glacier Boyz 46-40 in an evenly contested championship game.