The wideout told Bengals.com that he hasn't talked to Johnson yet but doesn't see any reason why the Tennessee Titans running back wouldn't agree to the match. Earlier this month a report surfaced that Johnson, who this year became the seventh player in history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season, was going to face gold medalist Usain Bolt in a match race. The story was quickly refuted.
Last night the two friends engaged in a public discussion about the potential race on Twitter:
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson rise to the challenge and race, Degree is donating 10k on behalf of the winner to HAITI RELIEF http://tr.im/JIX2
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-bruh rise to the challenge and race me!! DEGREE is gonna donate 10K on behalf of winner to HAITI RELIEF http://tr.im/JIX2
Chris Johnson: @OGOchoCinco I won't even be a good race
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-we can do this race old school, no shoes and race in the street light pole to light pole like back n the day!
Chris Johnson: @OGOchoCinco no shoes or socks I'm bout dat life
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-man I need a ride from the airport, my flight taking off now,the the flight is an hour from ATL-ill let u win da race
Ochocinco: @chrisjohnson28-bruh I'm here. I'm not even wearing shoes to the club to show you how serious I am, see you in a minute bruh!
The first "chrisjohnson" Ochocinco addressed on Twitter wasn't the NFL star but a guy in St. Paul, MN with 42 followers. Ochocinco almost certainly could have won that race. As for a sprint against the other Chris Johnson, I'm not so sure.
Though the thought of Johnson staying in a race with Usain Bolt was far-fetched (to say the least), the running back would probably be able to dust Ochocinco with ease. Last week Ochocinco couldn't get past a backward-running Darrelle Revis(notes). Staying with a guy who ran a 4.24 in the 40 at the combines is a stretch.
But the race, if it happens, is secondary. Aiding the victims of the earthquake is a noble effort, no matter the self-promotion involved.
Thanks, Huffington Post
- Chris Johnson