Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Dec 2005

Chad Johnson's Side Job

Deadspin periodically does a "run-in with famous athletes" feature, and today it's Chad Johnson, who, after reading this, is certainly one of my favorite NFL players. My only famous run-in was in 1986, as a sixth grader, when I met -- woohoo! -- Mets manager Davey Johnson, before the start of the World Series. My uncle told him to start Mookie Wilson and the rest is history.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 14 Dec 2005

13 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2005, 1:58am by Browns Dude

Comments

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by VarlosZ (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 10:50am

Good answer.

I hope the story is true.

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by Chris (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 11:34am

I can belive it, the man is a crack up.

One of the local stations folowed him around on his day off and he stopped to buy some CDs. He bought some Patsy Cline, Aerosmith, and Guns 'n Roses.

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by Catholic Samurai (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 11:49am

I think a lot of people in the entertainment industry need to learn from Chad Johnson and Clinton Portis. They don't they they are messiahs or visionaries or someome to take seriously. They understand what they do and that they get paid a pretty penny to do it and they have fun with it.

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by Hector, Paris (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 12:37pm

Can there be a Chad burger at McDo to counter the XL burger from Burger King ?

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by David S. (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 1:24pm

During training camp someone followed him around for a day, I'm pretty sure it was the NFL Network. The first thing he did in the morning was hit up the McDonald's drive thru and asked for a job application, telling the girl at the window in case things don't work out. Also later in the weight room he took off his shirt and started flexing and proclaimed all he eats is junk food.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 2:47pm

I had a run-in with a group of famous professional baseball players (who I won't name) during the All-Star break in Baltimore many years ago, at the Omni Hotel lobby bar in the Inner Harbor. Due to the attractive female business associate I was with, a conversation was started between their table and ours, and a couple of pretty enjoyable hours of cocktailing ensued.

As the evening wound down, with my business associate (who was in a committed relationship) leaving for her room, I suddenly found the ball players had left as well, sticking me and another guy with their tab!

Here we are, drinking in an expensive joint with guys who had multi-million dollar salaries, not to mention a couple hundred dollar per diem when on the road, and I end up picking up a two hundred dollar bar tab, and being` self employed, I AM the expense account!

Lesson? Pro athletes, like a lot of celebrities, can be some of the biggest deadbeats there are. They are so used to being taken care of that they just consider it par for the course for somebody else to pay the freight, all for the honor of being in their company.

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by thevertex (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 4:45pm

"Lesson? Pro athletes, like a lot of celebrities, can be some of the biggest deadbeats there are. They are so used to being taken care of that they just consider it par for the course for somebody else to pay the freight, all for the honor of being in their company."

Your anecdotal evidence has convinced me that every professional athlete on earth is a huge asshole, especially since there is absolutely no way in which there could have been any sort of extenuating circumstances.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 7:03pm

thevertex, your remark has convinced me that you are illiterate, and are thus unable to grasp the implication of the qualifying phrase "can be" , which specifically acknowledges that the behavior is not universally consistent across the group. Now, if you wish to persist in the notion that celebrities in our society, a class which encompasses professional athletes, do not adopt an attitude of entitlement at a greater rate than the citizenry as whole, well, you just go right ahead.

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by thevertex (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 10:14pm

"Now, if you wish to persist in the notion that celebrities in our society, a class which encompasses professional athletes, do not adopt an attitude of entitlement at a greater rate than the citizenry as whole, well, you just go right ahead."

Calm down buddy, I'm not the one painting broad groups of people with even broader brushes of judgement, you are. I never made any claim at all, my only point was that your anecdotal evidence was worthless, which it is.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 11:22pm

Improve your reading comprehension, buddy, and thus refrain from falsely implying that something was asserted, when no such thing was asserted. Or do you, for some unknown reason, believe that making dishonest insinuations regarding what others have written is an effective form of rhetoric?

By the way, my experiences in this area go far beyond this anecdote, and say, if I fly to Tokyo and walk through the airport, would it simply be a worthless anecdotal observation to note that Japanese folks seem a wee bit smaller than, say, the sort of folks that one sees in the airport in Milwaukee?

Now if you wish to dispute my contention about those who achieve celebrity in our society, that they more often have a sense of entitlement, compared to the rest of the general population, go right ahead. If you wish to yammer without a point, or engage in more illiteracy, feel free.

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by admin :: Wed, 12/14/2005 - 11:39pm

PLAY NICE. THANK YOU.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 12/15/2005 - 12:56am

My apologies.

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by Browns Dude (not verified) :: Thu, 12/15/2005 - 1:58am

Will,

I hear what you're saying, but isn't it weird that you ended up playing for the Giants?

You've become what you hated!