Bengals fans will be happy to know that Chad Ochocinco is back on the gridiron, sort of.
The franchise great is playing in the American Flag Football League’s (AFFL) U.S. Open of Football Tournament (USOF), which will make its television debut this Saturday on NFL Network at 7:00 pm EST.
The network will air the USOF playoffs live June 30 through July 19, concluding with the Ultimate Final where the America’s Champion and Pros’ Champion will meet in a winner take-all contest for $1 million.
Among the teams in the tournament include squads captained by former NFL, NBA and Olympic standouts including Michael Vick (Roadrunners), Chad Ochocinco (Ocho), Nate Robinson (Holdat), Carlos Boozer (Holdat) and Michael Johnson (the olympic runner, not he Bengals DE).
Ochocinco has been out of the NFL since a failed attempt to stick with the 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 Futbol Americano Profesional, in Mexico. He was part of the AAFL in the summer of 2017.
Back in his NFL days, Johnson helped lead the Bengals’ resurgence of the 2000s with six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, which included five Pro Bowls and a pair of First-Team All-Pro selections. In 2006 he led the NFL with 1,369 receiving yards on 87 receptions to go with seven touchdowns.
Week 1 of NFL Network’s live AFFL broadcast schedule kicks off this weekend with the quarterfinals taking place June 30 – July 1 from Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.
However, Johnson’s first game won’t come until July 7 during the semifinals when his Ocho squad faces the Roadrunners. You can read about the league and its TV schedule here.