Chad Johnson is switching it up, going from football to futball right here in Boca Raton.
The Boca Raton Football Club announced that Johnson will be joining the soccer club for the 2019 season. An NFL wide receiver for 11 years, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and the Miami Dolphins and is a six-time Pro Bowler.
Now, he’ll be playing forward for the club, keeping his number 85—hence the nickname and once legal last name, Ochocino—from his American football days.
“Chad is a tremendous athlete,” Boca Raton FC head coach, Jim Rooney, says in a press release. “He has proven himself in the gridiron and will now prove himself in the soccer pitch. Chad has had some great training and preseason matches with us and we are excited to continue this journey with him.”
Johnson’s record so far: one goal and two assists in his first five games for the team. He’ll be playing March 16 against the Port Saint Lucie United, the season opener of the United Premier Soccer League.
“I’m really excited to join the team and contribute in any way possible,” Johnson says in a release. “For me, this is more than just an opportunity but a dream come true that I was never able to fulfill during my childhood.”