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Don’t Mess with This Cowboy

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn not to mess with Troy Aikman. Aikman, who most people will recognize from the broadcast booth alongside Joe Buck, is a Hall of Fame QB with THREE Super Bowl rings (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX), among many other accolades. Recently, we saw him rip in to Doug Gottlieb for a tasteless and irritating take on Andrew Luck’s decision to retire, which is one of our favorite Aikman moments of all time. Now, he’s got his sights set on The Athletic over a comparison made between him and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Someone on their social media team made the grave mistake of tweeting out that Mahomes had “thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games.” And as you may have guessed, Troy was READY to respond:

We’re just glad we have yet to find ourselves on the receiving end of a fired-up Aikman tweet. All of this has helped us put something in perspective, though. We want the Fan Controlled Football League to be entertaining to fans in every possible way – from the voting process, to the inaugural fan-run draft, to the games themselves. And you better believe we’ll make sure we have some solid individuals join our broadcasts to elevate the level of production of each game. Will we see as much drama with our announcers as we do with Aikman? Only time will tell. But more importantly fans, tell us whose side you’re on in this Aikman vs. The Athletic battle! In the meantime, we’ll sit on the sidelines and see how Mahomes’ career stacks up against Aikman’s before his inevitable retirement.

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FAN Take: Get Your Head Right

Posted on August 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Alright, fans – it’s time we dive into some deeper subject matter: mental health. On Saturday night, Andrew Luck retired from the NFL, citing his need for a different and more healthy way of life. He sustained a laundry list of injuries during his career, including a torn abdomen, concussions, a torn labrum, and a lacerated kidney. And that’s just some of his injuries. So, we think his reasoning is pretty valid. “This is not an easy decision. Honestly, it’s the hardest decision of my life,” Luck told the press. “But it is the right decision for me. For the last four years, I’ve been in a cycle of injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in season and offseason. I’ve felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken the joy out of this game.” If you’re still questioning the necessity of him leaving the game to pursue a more full life, consider the fact that he’s walking away from a contract that offers him $51.8M in future money and the shot at a career that could have taken him to the Super Bowl and Hall of Fame.

Luck wasn’t the only NFL star to retire early this year. Rob Gronkowski hung up his jersey for good in March, and yesterday announced what his next chapter would be. We all thought was him entering the wrestling ring on a more regular basis, but instead revealed he would be partnering with CBDMedic. He shared with reporters that the physical pain brought on by football had a negative impact on his well-being. In his own words, “Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it… I was losing that joy in life, the joy. I really was.” He describes his use of CBD products “life-changing,” and that physically, he could absolutely come back to football – but it’s the need for mental rest that is keeping him from coming out of retirement.

Naturally, we want some insight from the fans when it comes to their players’ mental health. Do sports leagues need to put a bigger focus on the mental well-being of athletes? Do you think the FCFL needs to prioritize an athlete’s mental health over their physical health? Do you think they should be valuing their own health higher than what’s best for the team as a whole? If an athlete is looking for help, do you think CBD products should be made available to them without any repercussions in the league? Let us know what you think!

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Andrew Luck Just Ruined Your Fantasy Football Team

Posted on August 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The FCFL would like to issue sincere condolences to all of you that not only had your fantasy football draft prior to the conclusion of preseason, but also to those who drafted Andrew Luck. News broke on Saturday night that the Indianapolis Colts QB would be retiring from the NFL at 29 years old. Not only did the news hit Saturday night, but Adam Schefter tweeted it before the Colts had even wrapped up their preseason game against the Chicago Bears. As he walked off the field, he was booed by unhappy Colts fans that, like us, had just received an ESPN alert. Following the game, he had this to say when addressing the press:

“For the last four years or, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab. Injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing, unrelenting — both in-season and offseason. And I felt stuck in it, and the only way I see out is to no longer play football.”

Andrew Luck

Doug Gottlieb was quick to jump on Twitter and criticize Luck for doing the ‘most millenial thing ever.’ And then the world turned on Gottlieb the same way Colts fans turned on Luck as he left the field on Saturday. Here are some of our favorite responses, including one from our very own Director of Football Technology, Jason Chilton:

Did the fans see this coming? Yes, but probably not so soon. Do they think he will end up playing in the XFL? Maybe. After all, his father, Oliver Luck, is the one in charge of making XFL 2020 a success. We also don’t think the fans can ignore that so far, only one QB (Landry Jones) has been signed – with the promise that the seven other ‘leading quarterbacks’ will be announced prior to their draft in October. One thing is for sure – we know the fans will be more focused on revising their fantasy rosters than waiting to hear if Andrew Luck is REALLY done with football.