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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Former NFL star Chad Johnson to try out for XFL as kicker

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Chad Johnson was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for a decade with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he now has an opportunity to continue his playing career in a much different role.

On Tuesday morning, Johnson tweeted that he has been invited to an XFL tryout in Houston that will be held next week. Teams will be getting a look at him as a placekicker.

No, this is not a joke. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert confirmed that the tryout is legitimate. The 42-year-old Johnson seems to be going into it with real expectations, too, as he said he is excited just to have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot at a new position.

Johnson is a huge soccer fan, and he actually can kick. He shared a video on Instagram last month that appeared to show him converting a 60-yard field goal.

Johnson has been offering his services to NFL teams as a kicker for years, and this is the closest he has ever gotten to actually making it happen. The odds are minuscule that he will ever kick in the NFL even if he does earn a spot with an XFL team, but you have to commend him for doing enough to land a tryout.

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