Watch Chad Johnson make his Montreal Alouettes debut

Former Bengals star Chad Johnson was back on a football field Friday night.

Johnson, who has been out of football since the Dolphins cut him in the preseason of 2012, debuted for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in a preseason game on Friday. Johnson missed last week's preseason game with an ankle injury but was back for the team's final exhibition game, and as always, he was entertaining.

“It’s similar to the feeling before I lost my virginity. There’s a certain level of excitement ... anticipation ... not knowing what’s going to happen or what I’m going to get,” Johnson told the Montreal Gazette on Thursday.

Johnson also told the Gazette that he has been recognized all around Montreal and had "kissed 13 random people on the lips ... 15, actually." He's never boring, give him that.

Playing with former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith (an interesting story in his own right), Johnson didn't look like he was ready to come back to the NFL, where he caught 67 touchdowns in 11 seasons. He had just one catch for 13 yards. But, give him a pass considering it was his first game since a Dolphins preseason game on Aug. 10, 2012. He hadn't caught a pass in a game since Super Bowl XLVI earlier in 2012, when the Giants beat the Patriots. It had been a while.

And, at 36 with a good perspective on football mortality, he seems to be enjoying it all.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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