Former NFL Star Chad Johnson Thinks Players Are Eating Too Many Vegetables

Chad Johnson

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In his playing days, Chad Johnson was one of the biggest content factories in the NFL, frequently making outlandish statements and coming up with absurd touchdown celebrations that endeared him to many. He’s kept that up in retirement, and recently claimed that NFL players are getting injured because they’re eating too many vegetables.

Chad Johnson was one of the league’s best wide receivers during the 2000s with the Cincinnati Bengals. He teamed up with Carson Palmer, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Rudi Johnson to form one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

The Oregon State product had six straight 1000-yard receiving seasons from 2002-2007, leading the league in yards from 2003-2007. he was known as an exceptional route runner with a knack for getting open, and was as sure-handed as they came.

As good as the three-time all-pro was, he may be most remembered for his hilarious touchdown celebrations. Take a look at some of his best.

Since his retirement, he’s routinely gone viral on Twitter, where has one of the best accounts on the website. I’m not saying that for the sake of this article. It’s truly hilarious. And, few sports stars interact with the public on Twitter more than Chad Johnson does. Recently, he was added to the panel on ‘Inside the NFL’

On his podcast with Shannon Sharpe, ‘Nightcap with Unc and Ocho’, the two were discussing the soft tissue injuries to players like Cooper Kupp and others. What does Chad Johnson think is causing the problem? Players eating too many vegetables, among other things. Take a listen.


“They ain’t eating right. They putting all this green stuff in their body, eating all of this healthy stuff. That’s not helping the body… CooperKupp, y’all come over here to me.” – #chadjohnson “Shannon Sharpe does not approve this message.” – #shannonsharpe #food #diet #fastfood #healthy

♬ original sound – Club Shay Shay

It must be said that one of his ongoing bits on social media is how much he loves McDonald’s. There are hundreds of tweets like this one.

Are players eating too clean and not getting a well-rounded diet? I’m certainly not a nutritionist. But, Chad Johnson didn’t miss much time in his career, so maybe he’s on to something.

Garrett Carr
Garrett Carr is a recent graduate of Penn State University and a BroBible writer who focuses on NFL, College Football, MLB, and he currently resides in Pennsylvania.