Everyone that does or has followed Chad Johnson on Twitter (@ochocinco) has an opinion about him and whether you love him or hate him, the man knows how to get people’s attention. In fact, following him on Twitter was what changed my opinion of him and exposed me to him on a new level. The exposure to Johnson as a person proved that the persona I had created for him through the representation of him was fabricated by what the media wanted it to be. I am now a fan of Chad Johnson and, as a wishful thinker, I believe that he should consider playing a few seasons with the BC Lions of the CFL before his abilities decline and he decides to hang up the cleats – here are my reasons why
It’s a Passing League
I love the NFL but I am passionate about the CFL because it has exciting elements that the league to the south can’t replicate and one of them is the offensive nature of a 3 down league. I have always argued that if you put NFL talent in the CFL game and allowed them the time to understand the nuances; the CFL would explode in popularity as a league. I don’t think it would rival the NFL but it would create a great secondary option in North America for football crazed fans to embrace. Pass happy fans won’t find a tactical snore fest game that sees a team run the ball 80% of the plays, in fact it’s the opposite and someone like Chad Johnson would excel. Every teams come out ready to throw and put on an air show that fans can get excited about, plus the play clock is only 20 seconds long forcing the game to be more up-tempo. With the receivers being able to be in motion before the snap, the ability to create more exciting, big play and game breaking catches would let a talented showman like Johnson a fierce threat on every down. In addition, after watching some of the videos on Ochocinco’s route running abilities, he would be incredibly hard to cover, especially when you add in that he would already be close to full speed as the ball is snapped.
The CFL is cracking down on the amount of extracurricular celebrations but nowhere near the same as the NFL. Johnson would be able to bring out his fun antics, such as the Future Hall of Fame jacket or show off his dancing skills in the end zone. The CFL has taken a few of the better show aspects of the NFL to make their fan experience better and the players have embraced the fact that they have some creative freedom. I personally would be interested in seeing what new and tasteful celebrations Chad Johnson would come up with if he were to be scoring multiple touchdowns a game.
Johnson seems to be continually on the training grounds with any number of NFL receivers throughout the year. He endorses coaches that helped him with this route running, training regimen and the like. Considering the best CFL players are regularly using their time up North to showcase their talents to gain exposure and build a portfolio of work that will reward them with an NFL tryout, what better way to elevate the quality of players in the league than to learn from one of the more prolific receivers in recent NFL history. Johnson regularly talks about development, work ethic, practice and learning from others. Here is his chance to put his fingerprints on the development of the young BC Lions receiving core that is considered one fo the most prolific in the entire league.
During the summer, Johnson exposed a new found love for Orcas and went as far as Tweeting something along the lines of is there place to play pro football and be able to swim with the whales. I don’t recall which local sports personality actually responded but they let him know that the BC Lions are in Vancouver where there are year round whale watching tours. The local hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks, have a logo that incorporates the majestic creature, a massive number of native Canadians include orcas in their art, and tourism shops are always highlighting one the largest nature attractions that people can witness while here, so the fashionista that is Chad Johnson wouldn’t have any shortage of new clothing attire to purchase and further his endorsement of orcas.
Johnson’s best years were in black and orange, which happen to be the same colors of the BC Lions. In fact, the Lions recently wore their latest 3rd jerseys that have been the talk of the CFL since they were released. The all black jersey, with orange outlines and the black matte finished helmet have been so popular that they sold out before the weekend they were revealed was over. Once again, social media engaged Johnson to get his take on the uniforms to which Johnson responded very favorably.
Yes, the place you can find anywhere in the world. It is also advertised as a staple in Chad Johnson’s dietary and date preference locations. By joining the BC Lions, Ochocinco could visit a landmark in the company’s history as the neighboring city of Richmond, BC is the home of the first McDonald’s to be opened in Canada. They opened their doors in 1967 and were the 1st McDonald’s restaurant to be opened outside of the United States.
I don’t believe we will ever see this come to fruition as it would come with a lot of additional press that may not be appealing to the CFL. The initial set up would likely appear as a media stunt and a cheap gimmick to sell tickets, I know from people I have talked to about it over the last year that there would be the standard opposing responses, such as, “it would devalue the league,” or “it will make it look the league isn’t legit,” or “that it would look desperate if all the teams started to pick up the aging NFL cast offs.” I get it, I hear you but there have been leagues that once took those chances and faced that same scrutiny. I can think of 2 teams in LA brought in a player with star power to help grow the game and I would say those leagues have been successful in their endeavors.
Anyways, just food for thought for the BC Lions, the CFL and Chad Johnson.