Johnson’s days of playing in the NFL were cut short following his 2012 arrest when he was charged with simple domestic battery. At the time he was in the Miami Dolphins training camp and he was released shortly after in a moment caught on television as the team was being featured in HBO’s Hard Knocks.
When Johnson was in his prime, he was as good as anyone at his position. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and he led the league in receiving yards in 2006 when he caught 87 passes for 1,369 yards for the Cincinnati Bengals. He caught at least 90 passes in each of the three seasons prior and the season after for Cincinnati, where he played his first 10 seasons.
In 2011, Johnson was with the New England Patriots and the team went to Super Bowl XLVI. However, Johnson was a non-factor all season with just 15 receptions and he caught only one pass in the big game loss to the New York Giants.
Johnson knows he made a huge mistake and admitted to it in an interview available on the Montreal Alouettes' website.
I made a horrible mistake and a dream of mine since I was 4 years old was taken from me, rightfully so, for my wrongdoings and I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do.
Montreal’s season begins on June 28 when the Alouettes visit the Calgary Stampeders. Will Johnson be on the roster? See some photos of him during the team’s April 15 minicamp session in the slideshow.