Manziel makes AAF debut for Memphis Express
11:32 PM ET
Johnny Manziel made his debut in the Alliance of American Football on Sunday in the Memphis Express’ 31-25 overtime win over the Birmingham Iron.
Manziel, who signed with the Express last week, entered the game in the second quarter with his team losing 16-8 to the Iron. Quarterback Brandon Silvers started the game.
The former Heisman Trophy winner scrambled for 13 yards on his first play from scrimmage. Six plays later, Manziel connected on a 36-yard pass to Alton Howard, but the drive stalled in the red zone and the Express missed a 34-yard field goal.
The home fans, who had been chanting “We want Johnny!” before Manziel entered, booed heavily when Silvers returned to play the next series. The Express went three-and-out.
Manziel took over again in the next series and presided over two three-and-outs, as well as a failed two-point conversion attempt following a defensive touchdown, before getting benched in favor of Silvers in the fourth quarter.
Silvers led the Express down the field for a touchdown to tie the game with 24 seconds left and then won it in overtime with a 10-yard touchdown pass to give Memphis its second victory on the