Why Chad Johnson Needs to Quit While He's Ahead and Retire

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IAugust 14, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 10:  Receiver Chad Johnson #85 of the Miami Dolphins warms up just before the start of the NFL Preseason Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Chad Johnson's final NFL celebration should be to hang up his cleats for good.

And fortunately the Miami Dolphins' scouts were there to complete the first step of the process for him.

Per Jay Glazer of FOX Sports:

The Miami Dolphins have just released Chad Johnson, scouts cleaned out his locker

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 13, 2012

Now Johnson's actual future in pro football remains to be seen, but his career has taken a nose-dive in recent years. This, of course, comes after Johnson was arrested for head-butting his wife according to NFL.com:

Police said Johnson head-butted his newlywed wife, "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada, in the forehead during an argument that started while they were driving home from dinner around 8:30 p.m. ET. Lozada was treated at the scene for a "pretty good-sized" laceration, Engle said, and she later was taken to the hospital.

Was he wearing his Dolphins' helmet for the head-butt? It certainly wouldn't be surprising considering the end result. Or maybe he was just trying to demonstrate the one dad from Little Giants to his wife for the next end zone shenanigans.

(Skip to the 2:04 mark to see the head-butt)

In any event, perhaps the scouts cleaning Johnson's locker can be viewed as a symbolic gesture as his potential final pro football celebration. Then you can check that one into the win column, because his last few seasons have been anything but entertaining.

Hooray! He caught a pass in the Super Bowl...too bad the Patriots lost.

And the immediate future, even from a pop culture perspective, has gotten worse. From Brian Stelter of the New York Times:

The Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson’s arrest on a domestic violence charge has caused the cable channel VH1 to shelve his reality show, “Ev & Ocho.”

The channel said in a statement that it was pulling “Ev & Ocho” from its schedule because of “unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations.” VH1 “has no current plans of airing it,” the statement added.

So much for that project as lots of time and effort go to waste.

We can only imagine how many non-football Chad Johnson fans had their Tivo's a raring to go for this one. Still, the way Johnson's new show got pulled was definitely an unfortunate set of circumstances and VH1 was put in a tough position.

This cancellation is for the best, though. I mean, remember "The T.Ocho Show"?

No, because the pilot only registered a 0.1 rating according to Sports Media Watch. That said, it is reasonable to suspect that "Ev & Ocho" wouldn't have lasted much longer than T.Ocho regardless.

As for his profession, the man is 34-years-old and has enjoyed just one Pro Bowl season the past four years (2009). It would be a totally different story if Johnson's past few seasons were actually legit, but this is not the case. Even with him, the Dolphins still need a lot of help if they are going to be AFC playoff contenders in 2012, especially with the Buffalo Bills make significant improvements.

Let us say Johnson did end up with a solid season. By the time Miami becomes a more realistic and perennial playoff hopeful—keep those fingers crossed Dolphins fans—he'd be pushing age 40. Terrell Owens may have gotten his final shot with the Seattle Seahawks, but when are these age-old veteran fiasco fads about sticking around forever/trying to comeback going to end?

There's just no reason (other than a realistic Super Bowl shot) to conform with this trend.

Brett Favre played a million years, T.O. is 38 and when he arrived in Miami, the Dolphins were Chad's third team in three seasons. The same can be said about Randy Moss as well, but at least he's on a Super Bowl contending team.

It's one thing to play for the same franchise or maybe two during a long career. But changing teams constantly just to hang on has already become annoying. If Johnson really wants the fans to remember him for those creative celebrations he's got to let go sooner than later.

Remember when Tiki Barber tried to make a comeback? Child, please.


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