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Former NFL Pro-bowler Johnson switches American football for soccer

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Former NFL six-time Pro-bowler Chad Johnson has switched American football for soccer after signing a deal to join semi-professional outfit Boca Raton.The 41-year-old has completed his move to the United Premier Soccer League side after a successful five-month trial and has been assigned the No 85 shirt.Johnson, who was known as Chad ‘Ochocinco’ during his playing days at Cincinatti Bengals, is in line to make his debut for Boca Raton in their season opener against Port Saint Lucie United this Saturday. Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson has signed a deal for semi-professional football side Boca Raton Share this article Share The striker has scored one goal and registered two assists in the five pre-season games he has played for Boca Raton and admitted he is delighted to have been given a chance to start this new venture.’I’m really excited to join the team and contribute in any way possible,’ Johnson said after penning the contract.’For me, this is more than just an opportunity but a dream come true that I was never able to fulfill during my childhood.’ Johnson made his name in the NFL after spending 10 seasons with Cincinnati BengalsJohnson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft and spent 10 seasons with the Ohio based team.He still holds a number of records at the Bengals, including the all-time receiving record (751), the all-time receiving yards record (10,783), and the all-time receiving touchdown record (66).Johnson first made his intentions of pursuing a career in soccer known many years ago before his American football career was even over, going on a trial at MLS side Sporting Kansas City during the 2011 NFL lockout.  He went on soccer trial with MLS side Sporting Kansas City during the 2011 NFL lockoutThe 41-year-old Johnson was last seen on a gridiron football field in 2017, when he played one game with the Monterrey Fundidores of the LFA, the top American football league in Mexico.’Chad is a tremendous athlete. He has proven himself (on) the gridiron and will now prove himself in the soccer pitch,’ Boca Raton FC coach Jim Rooney said in a statement on Thursday.’Chad has had some great training and preseason matches with us and we are excited to continue this journey with him.’ Share this article Share

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