Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson is looking to get back into pro football, and will take part in an XFL tryout next Monday.
Just not at the position you might be thinking.
Johnson posted a message Tuesday morning to his verified Twitter account indicating that he will try out as a place kicker.
“The opportunity to kick in the XFL has presented itself, i must tryout Monday in Houston, I’m excited as hell & I’m sure all will go well,” Johnson wrote.
Johnson, 42, played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots. His final season was in 2011 with New England. He totaled 766 receptions for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career as a receiver. He was selected as an all-pro twice and made six Pro Bowls.
Even though he played receiver, Johnson often spoke about his interest in place kicking and would sometimes take field goals after practices ended.
“Pretty far fetched but imagine me being consistent during an XFL season & getting a chance at a 53 man roster in the NFL, even i don’t make it just being able to compete for a spot at a entirely different position will be so riveting,” Johnson posted in another message.
Johnson even had some very limited experience in kicking in the NFL. Back in Week 2 of the 2009 preseason, as a member of the Bengals, he converted an extra point and then booted the subsequent kickoff due to an injury to starting kicker Shayne Graham.
He also has dabbled in soccer, including playing for Boca Raton FC of the United Premier Soccer League.
Johnson has continued to train as a kicker and posted a video to his verified Instagram account showing what he said was his converting a 60-yard field goal off of a tee.