The six-time Professional Bowl large receiver can be enjoying on the pitch with United Premier Soccer League’s Boca Raton FC. The crew introduced Tuesday it was signing Johnson to play within the upcoming 2019 season.
“Chad is an incredible athlete,” coach Jim Rooney mentioned, by way of the crew’s web site. “He has confirmed himself within the gridiron and can now show himself within the soccer pitch. Chad has had some nice coaching and preseason matches with us and we’re excited to proceed this journey with him.”
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— Boca Raton FC (@BocaRatonFC) March 12, 2019
Johnson, who had a profitable trial with the membership, will make his UPSL debut Saturday within the crew’s season opener.
“I’m actually excited to hitch the crew and contribute in any approach attainable,” Johnson mentioned. “For me, that is extra than simply a possibility however a dream come true that I used to be by no means capable of fulfill throughout my childhood.”
Johnson will put on No. 85, like he did all through his 11-year NFL profession.
Johnson, 41, was chosen by the Bengals within the second spherical of the 2001 draft. He went on to play 10 seasons in Cincinnati, the place he nonetheless holds the all-time receiving report (751), the all-time receiving yards report (10,783) and the all-time receiving landing report (66).
He ended his NFL profession after spending the 2011 season in New England, the place he went all the way in which to Tremendous Bowl 46 earlier than the Patriots fell, 21-17, to the Giants.