Chad Johnson doesn’t believe his NFL career is over.
Johnson, who was released by the Dolphins last month after a domestic violence arrest and has been out of work since then, appeared on the season finale of Hard Knocks and said he’s committed to proving that he deserves another chance in the NFL. A trainer put Johnson through an intense workout in front of the Hard Knocks cameras, and Johnson insisted that he has what it takes to help some NFL team.
“I know what somebody will get if they give me that chance again,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he takes responsibility for the domestic violence incident that ended both his brief stint with the Dolphins and, apparently, his marriage: His wife filed for divorce shortly afterward.
“I f–ked everything up,” Johnson said. “I’m sure some opinions, some views of me, might have changed because of events that have happened. But all I can do is say sorry. I’m human. I’ve just got to come back and live strong. . . . Somewhere along the way I lost focus. I lost something I love — I lost two things I love — because of my immature actions. I’m going to get both of those things back, one step at a time.”
Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said during a coaches’ meeting that he had received a text from Johnson saying, “I’m open,” and Johnson said he thinks he can play for five more seasons. But the reality is that it will be an upset if the 34-year-old Johnson plays one more game.