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Former NFL Player Chad Johnson Trying Out as Kicker in XFL



With the XFL reboot season right around the corner, interest is trending upward regarding player interest in joining the league, including former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson.

According to a message posted on his official Twitter page, Johnson, 42, will tryout on Monday in Houston for a chance to land a roster spot on an XFL team, but not as a wide receiver, instead as a kicker.

Johnson last played in an NFL game in February 2012 when he was a member of the New England Patriots. Johnson caught one pass during Super Bowl XLVI for the Patriots, who lost the game to the New York Giants.

“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 tweeted.

The XFL has a different approach to it’s kicking game than what we are used to seeing in the NFL. There are no extra point kicks, and kickoffs are to be spotted at either the 25- or 30-yard line, making a touchback unlikely.

Johnson apparently has skills as a kicker, as evidenced by a video he posted on his Instagram last month, in which he nailed what seemed to be a 60-yard field goal.

The XFL is welcoming the publicity and media attention that comes with Johnson being interested in playing in their league, which officially kicks off their new season on February 8th.




Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.