Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens Among Former Players Starting New Football League (VIDEO)

It seems like everybody is starting a new football league.

Shortly after Vince McMahon announced he was bringing the XFL back for a second go-round, the Alliance of American Football was also planned out by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian that is set to kickoff in February 2019.

Now, we have a third league.

Former NFL running back Ricky Williams announced on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Thursday, that the Freedom Football League has been created by former NFL players that include himself, Terrell Owens, Simeon Rice, with the intention of “reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming” the game.

It seems like everybody is starting a new football league.

Shortly after Vince McMahon announced he was bringing the XFL back for a second go-round, the Alliance of American Football was also planned out by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian that is set to kickoff in February 2019.

Now, we have a third league.

Former NFL running back Ricky Williams announced on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Thursday, that the Freedom Football League has been created by former NFL players that include himself, Terrell Owens, Simeon Rice, with the intention of “reimagining, rethinking, reinventing and reforming” the game.

“The purpose of this league … is about community and the development of players,” Williams told OTL. “… In thinking about creating this league, I wanted to create a league that I could have stayed in and been comfortable and really thrived.

“The NFL started a long time ago, and since then a lot of things have changed. And we want to create a league that’s ready for that change and invite some more of it.”

“We’re trying to develop young men,” Williams said on OTL. “You can’t take away their voice and expect them to develop. … When I grew up watching football, I really wanted to be like Jim Brown, not because of what he did on a field, but because he could take that platform and have a voice.

“And so, when I got to the NFL, expecting that to be the case, anytime a big social issue came up, we were told, ‘Be quiet. … It’s a distraction.’ And so, really, [we’re] changing the conversation.”

The FFL said in a statement that its mission is “to attract football players at their highest level of athletic ability, including those defecting from the NFL, graduating college or high school or playing in international or alternative professional football leagues.”

The league did not say when it would begin play, but they did reveal the 1st ten teams would be the San Diego Warriors, Oklahoma City Power, Portland Progress, Texas Revolution, Ohio Players, Florida Strong, Birmingham Kings, St. Louis Independence, Connecticut Underground and Oakland Panthers.

(ESPN)

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