The Five Biggest Mistakes of Chad Johnson’s Career
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Chad Johnson has always been one of the most light-hearted and entertaining characters within the NFL. At one time he was also one of its most talented vertical targets.
Somewhere things went wrong and that downturn did not begin this weekend.
#5 Chad Should Have Never Become Robin.
It was obvious to all parties concerned that 2010 was going to be Johnson’s last stand with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He and the administration had been at odds for years over a variety of topics and he more than once was very vocal about wanting to be traded away from the team in previous years.
After then quarterback Carson Palmer helped his buddy Terrell Owens catch on there, Johnson publicly took on the role of Robin to Owens’ Batman.
There was the hype and the jokes but sadly for Johnson there was the impression that was left.
He went from being the number one guy to being viewed as a second-tier option that was starting to decline.
With Owens at the helm of the receivers, Johnson’s receptions, yards, TDs and yards per catch all took a nose dive.
Johnson may have thought it was all fund and games but stepping to the back of the bus for Owens was a bad idea.
#4 Chad Should Have Grown Old In Cincinnati
Right now Bengals fans will shoot me for even stating this but Johnson was given every opportunity to go out as the greatest Bengals wideout of all time.
Coach Marvin Lewis was extremely patient with Chad’s antics because for the most part they were just that.
But there comes a time where everybody has had enough and now that the A.J. Green Show has come to town, the legacy that he built there will be broken down piece-by-piece.
Whereas he could have played the role as the savvy veteran mentoring younger guys that walked in the door alongside Lewis who mentored him, Johnson is on the outside looking in of what could have been.
# 3 Chad Became Focused On His Brand More So Than Football
Chad has done some incredible things for people through his social media network. Whether he invited fans to meet him for dinner and a movie on his dime or he just practiced random acts of kindness, his accessibility has had a positive impact on others.
On himself, it’s hard to say if he’s gotten as much back as he has given as the decline of his numbers almost walks hand-in-hand with the popularity of his Twitter account, his mobile app, his occasional acting and his foray into reality television.
It’s important for payers to prepare themselves for life after sports, but Chad seemed to jump the gun a couple of years to early and as a result he may not have maximized the last leg of his playing time.
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