Chad Johnson is always up to something.
The Bengals legend is back at it again, and this time, it's football-related. Upon seeing Florida corner Jalen Tabor following him on Twitter, Johnson quickly challenged the former teammate of highly touted draft prospect Vernon Hargreaves III to a one-on-one. Tabor, heading into his junior season at Florida, was clearly on board, responding within the day.
@ochocinco let's go— Jalen Tabor (@_31Flavorz) April 24, 2016
From there, the conversation may have gone private as the two players didn't exchange tweets until Friday.
Hope @ochocinco ready for some 1on1 work this weekend— Jalen Tabor (@_31Flavorz) May 27, 2016
As it appears, the one-on-one may actually be happening. When it comes to Johnson, nothing's off the table. Remember, this is the same guy who challenged--and beat--a racehorse, with a head start of course.
Tabor is a very highly touted corner. Many Florida fans believe he routinely outplayed Hargreaves III, who was selected by the Buccaneers with the 11th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Tabor, 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds, tied for third in the SEC last season with four interceptions, and he returned two of those picks for touchdowns. He has totaled 71 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, five interceptions, 22 passes defensed, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns over his two-year college career. His 14 pass defenses and two pick-sixes in 2015 led the SEC.
But when someone goes up against Chad Johnson, a guy who has professed his belief that he can beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight, he's more often than not the underdog. Johnson, still only 38-years-old, racked up over 11,000 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns over his 11-year NFL career. Many Bengals fans, myself included, have been enthusiastic about the prospect of trying out Anquan Boldin, who is currently 35-years-old. Sure, Johnson is three years older, but he's still a heck of an athlete. I'm not willing to wager that he'd beat one of the top corners in college football, but I certainly wouldn't bet against him.
Just for old time's sake, here are some of Johnson's greatest moments.
Regardless of whether you like him or not, Johnson was a fantastic football player, and the Bengals simply wouldn't be the team they have become without him. Ochocinco was a strange guy; he soaked his ailments in his teammates' urine, told his opponents that he loves them when he talked smack and played through an entire 11-year career injury-free, which he seems to attribute to the urine. Though he spends most of his days Tweeting, watching movies and playing FIFA, Johnson is still a brilliant guy who remains as fun and interesting as ever. Any Bengals fan who hasn't checked out this video (NFSW) needs to stop what they're doing and watch. It's a great introspective on the kind of guy Johnson truly is and goes to show that he takes ownership of everything he does, has done and will do in the future.
The Tabor-Johnson matchup will likely take place this weekend. It should be exciting, regardless of who wins. Johnson admits he's no longer physically capable of playing in the NFL, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't put up a good fight against the Florida corner.