Johnson shines in Pro Bowl

For the first time in the Pro Bowl's 33 year history a former Beaver football player suited up and started. Cincinnati's Chad Johnson wasted little time proving he should play in the annual event as he caught a 90-yard pass from Steve McNair to put the AFC up 7-0 in the first quarter.

The 90-yard bomb is the second longest touchdown pass in Pro Bowl history and with the touchdown Johnson became the first Bengal and ex-Beaver to ever score an offensive point in the Pro Bowl.

"It looks like I'm going to stay in the record books," Johnson told Bengals.com. "It looks like it's going to happen again. Because you have to ask the question. Am I coverable?"

Apparently not as he caught five passes for a game high 156 yards.

Johnson caught 5 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown in the 2004 NFL Pro Bowl.

"I'm looking for a house out here," Johnson told the Cincinnati Enquirer over the phone. "I'll be coming back here year after year. This will be a regular thing."

Perhaps Johnson is right, in just his third season the confident receiver caught 90 passes, good for third in the AFC, and set a team record with 1,335 receiving yards while also hauling in 10 touchdowns.

The only negative aspect of 2003 was the $200,000 in fines his flamboyant endzone celebrations cost him.  Fans were split on their opinions of the celebrations, but NFL officials were unanimous and the flags flew.  Despite the penalties, the ex-OSU star helped the Bengals finish 8-8, their best record since 1996, just missing the playoffs.

During his time in Hawaii, he took the opportunity to watch fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Marvin Harrison and take notes. "I'm watching," Johnson said. "It's hard because we're in at the same time, but I'm taking notes."

When asked if the Pro Bowl corners can cover him, he replied, "You know the answer to that. It's a good tempo, but we've got to play these guys next year, so I don't want to show them anything, either."

With another year under his belt Johnson is sure to be up for Pro Bowl honors in 2005.

"You've seen me develop from a rookie to one of the best receivers in the NFL," Johnson told the Enquirer. "Now, I have to stay consistent for a period of time."


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