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Chad Johnson Says He's No Longer Trying Out for XFL as a Kicker and We're Devastated

Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson looks up at the scoreboard during a game between the 49ers and Seahawks. | Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson has always flirted with the idea of a football comeback. The 42-year old has been out of the league since 2012, but stints in the CFL and LFA would suggest Johnson is open to a return to the sport.

After recently announcing that he was going to attend an XFL tryout in hopes of making the league as a placekicker, fans became enamored with the idea of seeing the former wideout banging out kicks.

However, Johnson had a change of heart and backed out, informing the league that he opted against attending the tryout.

Johnson built up a Hall of Fame reputation in 11 NFL seasons with his electric route-running and catch-making ability, but kicking was always something he took an interest in. In a preseason game against New England, Johnson filled in for starter Shayne Graham and nailed an extra point.

The root of his kicking craze stems from his love for soccer. In between seasons with the Bengals and Patriots in 2011, Johnson even tried out with Sporting Kansas City.

There's no way of knowing if he has real potential as a kicker, but the idea of a world with Johnson playing football again is inticing enough for us to ignore that for a second.

In the end, we've been left with the disappointing reality that we won't be seeing Ochocinco on an XFL field.