The Bengals may not have always been good in the 2000s, but they were almost always entertaining. Part of the reason for that was the presence of dynamic wide receiver, Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson. Not only was he one of the best receivers in the NFL for most of his career with the Bengals, but he was at the forefront of an era in which media divas ran the wide receiver position.
Johnson made some enemies with his antics while he was in the league, but he backed it up with stellar play for years. From 2001-2011, he put up 766 catches for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. He was known for the ability to produce big plays and rarely made crucial mistakes, fumbling only seven times in his career. Unfortunately, his NFL career ended with an ugly trade dispute that eventually saw him go to New England, fizzle out, and wind up in Miami for the 2012 preseason before being infamously discharged for a domestic violence incident, which was well-documented on HBO's Hard Knocks.
It's sad the way things ended for Johnson's NFL career, but that kind of story from such a polarizing and well known figure is perfect for a series like NFL Films' A Football Life.
Johnson teased the documentary on Wednesday through Twitter, announcing his appearance on the documentary series.
NFL films in Liberty City‼️ pic.twitter.com/uRMNSylH2f— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) May 11, 2016
Johnson also shared the news on his snapchat account:
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These updates came a little over a week after Dan Hoard confirmed that he'll be among those interviewed for the episode.
Enjoyed talking to @NFLFilms about one of my all-time favorite #Bengals @ochocinco. Look forward to seeing his episode of "A Football Life"— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) May 3, 2016
There is not yet a confirmed release date for Johnson's episode of A Football Life, or confirmation from NFL Films. This will be the second episode of A Football Life featuring a significant figure in Bengals history, the first one being the episode made about Paul Brown which first aired on November 6, 2015. NFL Films typically releases new episodes of the series annually in seasons that last the duration of the NFL season.
There's no guarantee that Johnson's episode will air this year, but whenever it does come out, we'll be excited to see it!