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Sport Chad Johnson might become a kicker in the XFL, hoping for NFL return

18:46  14 january  2020
18:46  14 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Chad Ochocinco Johnson announced Tuesday he'll have an opportunity to prove himself to the XFL soon.

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Johnson was a dominant wideout during his 10 seasons in the NFL, finishing with 11,059 career receiving yards, placing him 36th all-time. Even though he was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time, first-team All-Pro as a receiver, he was mostly known for his on-field antics.

Most notably he legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco to represent the two numbers on his jersey (8 and 5). He had a number of creative touchdown celebrations including playing golf with a pylon, putting on a Hall of Fame jacket and holding up a "Please don't fine me again" sign.

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Chad Johnson . Height: 6-1 Weight: 188 Age: 41. Born: 1/9/1978 Los Angeles , CA. Sanders splits the uprights for game-winning FG as time expires in OT. Published: Dec. 22, 2019 at 05:08 p.m. Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders converts 37-yard game-winning field goal.

You must learn how to become a kicker in football and get good at the position. Throughout your high school years you must play your best and try to get If you are able to make the college team then you have to play for at least 2 years there before being eligible for the NFL . After your 2 years(or more

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But some may not remember that Johnson was also a great kicker: He only had a few opportunities in the NFL to showcase his kicking skills, but he looked like he could have been a legitimate placekicker in the NFL. Here he is in 2009 kicking an extra point in a preseason game.

He also handled the kickoff in that game, launching the ball to the 9-yard line.

“I went out there and did what I do. I just kicked," Johnson said at the time. "Everyone has to remember, I’ve always said that soccer is my No. 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now.”

Johnson briefly played semi-professional soccer as well, joining Boca Raton FC in March of last year.

When announcing that he'll be trying out for the XFL, Johnson added on Twitter that he hopes this opportunity could potentially lead to an NFL job.

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Chad Johnson has been out of football for one year and has legal issues that have further dimmed his free-agent value. But at 35, the former star wideout I'm at the bottom again, like having to prove myself when I first came in (to the NFL ) and I was hungry. I got complacent at some point in my career.

My second part of my "Non- Kickers Kicking" series. This part includes Pat Mcafee, Mike Scifres, Jeff Heath, and Kamu Grugier-Hill. Please note that field goals and extra points from Ndamukong Suh, Wes Welker, and Chad Johnson are in part 1, so they aren't in this part.

Johnson is 42 years old, so a return to the NFL isn't too far-fetched, although it would be quite a surprise. We've seen plenty of 40-year-old kickers in the NFL before, including current Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri who is 47. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to realize that Johnson stills needs to do well in the workout next week.

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Former Bears kicker Kevin Butler had his Cody Parkey moment in his first game with the Cardinals in 1996. © George Rose/Getty Images North America/TNS Kicker Kevin Butler #6 and the Chicago Bears kick off team get set to kick to the Los Angeles Raiders during a game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 30, 1990 in Los Angeles, Calif. Butler had just been signed by Arizona. Butler hit the uprights three times. He missed the first two kicks, but the third one was good, and it gave the Cardinals a victory in overtime against the Redskins.

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