Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens among 50 former players launching Freedom Football League

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The AAF and XFL aren’t the only upstart leagues bidding for a place in the football landscape.

The Freedom Football League announced its existence on Thursday. The league is being launched by 50 former players, including Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens, Jeff Garcia and Simeon Rice.

Games are planned for the spring and summer and the league plans to be financed “by a combination of private funding and public offerings in 2019.” The league also outlined four “philosophical and operational pillars.” They are holistic health and wellness support on and off the field, amplifying the voices of players addressing issues they care about, keeping the game affordable for fans and “eliminating financial exploitation and profiteering to the benefit of the few at the expense of many.”

“The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice, economic equality and health and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for professional football,” Williams said in a press release. “As much as I’d like to throw on the pads and play, this league is designed to bring competitive football back to the masses, providing players and fans alike with the economic benefits of owning stake in a team, while also ensuring players are empowered to use their public platform for social good.”

The league has plans for 10 teams in cities that either don’t have NFL franchises or, in the case of Oakland, are soon to be without one.

35 responses to “Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens among 50 former players launching Freedom Football League

  1. Every one of those 50 players have to be tapped out.It will be a mad dash to the bank for the players in this league on pay day.The whole thing smells.

  2. three off leagues… I guess it’s good for kids who can’t qualify for colleges. It will be an improvement to have a true path to the NFL which doesn’t include the NCAA.

  3. “amplifying the voices of players addressing issues they care about” And how would you go about that…half time speeches by the players? Messages written on the jerseys? You should have led with, we will allow our players to play real football not the NFL watered down version.

  4. None of these new leagues will work long term unless one becomes an official minor league feeder system for the NFL. It will appeal to some, but there are not enough fans interested in watching second, third, or fourth rate players. I live for the NFL season. I miss football once the season ends, but I miss NFL football and that void can’t be filled by inferior football.

  5. Good luck with that! Most football fans do not want to hear about your platform just real hard playing football, So save your political mumbo jumbo and just play football and you may just have a chance.

  6. THREE new off leagues??? There’s a statement to the state of the NFL. They may not see it that way but with three alternate leagues starting up it has to make a statement about the management of their product. They provide an entertainment service they try to pass off and run as a business enterprise around market and dollars. Personal player politics, player tantrums (Bell), domestic violence, and other social issues just plain drag it down and take away interest. Can’t say any of these leagues will be any different but the fact they are even starting is really a statement to the dissatisfaction to the product and management of the NFL. I’ll have a look at any one of them, something I can’t say I’ve done with the NFL for the last two seasons.

  7. “The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice,…”

    I’m out.

  8. Interesting! I like the idea of playing in cities that don’t have an an NFL team. There are a lot of smaller market cities that could support a team that didn’t charge an arm and a leg. The XFL want to but heads with the NFL fan base, and the Alliance is sort of a combination of the two. I sincerely doubt there will be enough fans to support 3 ‘spring’ leagues. The Alliance hit the ground first and may tell the future of spring football in this day and age.

  9. “Financed by public offerings…” why do I get the feeling that there will never be a game and anyone that invests in this thing will be involved in a class action to try to get their funds back?

  10. If they can get it aired on t.v. somehow, a few people may watch every here and there. However, most fans aren’t tuning into football games for social justice politics. I see this league folding before its first season. Studying the population demographics and the people’s common interests in the United States is very important when starting a business here.

  11. Any time the term “masses” is used you can be confident there will be neither justice nor equality.
    Given those involved we will see what playing tackle football while stoned looks like.

  12. ‘amplifying the voices of players addressing issues they care about’
    Great, more people who want to ruin football.

  13. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson ” But you’re living in a world of make-believe. With flowers and bells and leprechauns, and magic frogs with funny little hats”

    Hey you can bet on anything now right. Can I bet that this league never plays one game.

  14. Between the flurry of rule changes, team relocations, social activism, and the arbitrary discipline process, pro football has already jumped the shark.

    Formation of 3 new startup leagues is evidence that football has now entered its dotcom era. And we all know how well that worked out the first time.

    Maybe this new group will go for the trifecta, and do a crypto-coin offering to fund their league.

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