Chad Johnson is a professional American football player who plays in the position of wide receiver. He is known for his speed and agility and is considered as the best wide receiver in the history of Cincinnati Bengals, an NFL team whom Chad represented for ten seasons. His career in the NFL came to an end after his arrest in 2012 for domestic violence. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Chad Johnson in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Chad Javon Johnson was born on January 9, 1978, in Miami, Florida, the United States. He graduated from the Miami Beach Senior High School in 1997 and joined the Langston University. After a few months, Chad moved to the Santa Monica College and started playing American football along with Steve Smith, a future NFL player. Dennis Erickson recruited him, a football coach in 2000 to the Oregon State University to play for their team where he played alongside T.J. Houshmandzadeh, his future Cincinnati Bengals teammate.
Chad Johnson married TV personality Evelyn Lozada in July 2012 after dating her for two years. Their marriage came to an end just after a month after Johnson head-butted her. Chad Johnson has seven children born to different mothers. His first daughter Jicyra was born in 1998 to Trice, and she later gave birth to their second child a boy in 2012.
His son Chad Johnson Jr. was born to a wax specialist Elle Covington in 2003. He has two daughters with Kenyada born in 2004 and 2005. His sixth child Kennedy was born to Crystal Bates in 2015, and his youngest daughter Cheyenne was born in March 2016 to Alexia Farquharson.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Chad was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2001 NFL Draft to play in the National Football League. In 2003, he created a franchise record for the Bengals by receiving 1355 yards and went on to break it with 1432 yards in 2005.
Johnson signed an extension contract with the Bengals in 2006 which will have him with the team until 2011. He represented the team consecutively for eleven seasons earning six Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro Selections with the team. He was also credited with the NFL receiving Yard Leader in 2006 and joined the 10,000 Receiving Yards Club.
In 2011, Chad was traded to the New England Patriots for $6.35 million on a 3-year contract. He could not emulate the performance he enjoyed with the Bengals, and in 2012 he was released from his contract to join the Miami Dolphins.
He signed for Miami on June 11, 2012, and his contract as terminated by the franchise on August 12, 2012, as he was arrested for domestic violence the night before. In 2014, he joined the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League on a two-year deal. As he did not turn up for training properly, he was suspended from the team for the whole 2015 season. He later joined the Monterrey Fundidores in Mexico.
Net Worth & Earnings
He initially joined the Bengals in 2001 with a salary of $2 million per season and his contract extension in 2003 earned him $24 million in addition to his salary hike to $7 million. He signed another contract extension in 2006 for $35.5 million and got a salary of $11 million that season. His salary in 2009 was said to be around $4 million, and the move to New England Patriots in 2011 earned him another $11 million. His current net worth is $16 million.
Although his career often experienced criticism due to his arrests and other controversies, the fact that he is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL history can never be denied.