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Chad Johnson to play in The American Flag Football League Launch Game

The former Bengals receiver is still trying to maintain a football playing career.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans - October 16, 2005 Photo by Joe Murphy/NFLPhotoLibrary

At 39-years-old, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson is still playing football. No, he isn’t playing in the NFL anymore, and he is not even playing in Canada. But, he still loves the game of football enough to make a go with a new startup professional league. In this case, it is The American Flag Football League, which will be showcasing its inaugural game later this month.

The new football league utilizes a concept that has not been done before: professional flag football. It is an interesting direction, as flag football has never been a particularly popular sport for spectators in the past. But, given the intriguing former NFL stars who will be participating, there seems to be a solid chance the league will garner attention.

Johnson is joined by fellow former NFL player Michael Vick, who played with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Both players experienced controversy in their NFL careers, although both don’t seem to be ready to hang up their cleats, despite their relatively old age. Former NFL running back Justin Forsett is also among the participants.

Johnson has been out of the NFL since a failed attempt to stick with the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 NFL offseason. He played with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes from 2014-2015, and in 2016, he spent some the Monterrey Fundidores of the Liga de Fubol Americano Profesional, in Mexico. In 2017, he hopes to help the new football league develop a following and respect.

The AFFL’s inaugural game is set for June 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Avaya Stadium and will be the first football game played at the home of the San Jose Earthquakes. The games will be played 7-on-7 on a typical 100-yard football field with 60 minutes of game time.

Here are some of the rules:

  • 7-on-7, with 12 man roster
  • 60 Minute Game
  • Clock will run except for the final 2 minutes of the first half and final 5 minutes of the game
  • Field will be divided into 4 25-yard boxes and first downs are awarded each time the offense reaches the next box
  • No blocking, No kicking, No fumbles
  • Only 1 lateral allowed per play
  • Incidental contact is permitted
  • Once the ball is snapped, the Defense has to wait 2 seconds to rush and the QB will have a total of 4 seconds to release the ball or cross the line of scrimmage
  • The QB cannot run unless rushed
  • All players are eligible downfield
  • North/South handoffs are not allowed but pitches and handoffs to runners running East/West are permitted
  • The Defense can blitz 3 times per quarter without waiting for 2 seconds
  • 6 pts per TD under 50 yards, 7pts for TDs over 50 yards
  • Teams will have option based on distance to convert PATs of 1, 2 or 3 points

Football fans will be able to stream the game after its conclusion on www.AmericanFlag.Football and KISWE.

Johnson seems excited to play in The American Flag Football League and even guaranteed he’ll score 10 times in the Launch Game. Remember when he guaranteed the 5-4 Bengals would beat the 9-0 Chiefs in 2003, and then they did?

Though Johnson’s NFL career seems to be decidedly over, maybe he can still make his impact on the football field through this new medium. Here’s hoping the new league thrives behind one of the greatest wide receivers in Bengals history.

In the San Jose area? You can purchase tickets here for $10 each.