Former Bengals Johnson, Owens participated in inaugural Pro Flag Football game
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Former Bengals wide receivers Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens were among a handful of former NFL players who took part in the inaugural game of The American Flag Football League on Tuesday night in San Jose, Calif., although neither had much of an impact for their respective teams.
Johnson had three receptions for 66 yards as a member of Team Vick, quarterbacked by former NFL standout Michael Vick, while Owens had two receptions for 21 yards for Team Owens.
Vick threw for 547 yards and eight touchdowns to lead Team Vick to a 64-41 victory in Avaya Stadium.
Johnson and Owens did have a chance to jaw with each other a few times in the game.
Among the other former NFL players to participate were quarterback Jimmy Clausen, Justin Forsett, Kerry Rhodes, Derek Hagan, Nick Collins and Nikita Whitlock, who was with the Bengals in training camp in 2014 and eventually played in 14 games for the New York Giants in 2015.
Whitlock, who was a defensive tackle in college and was tried by the Bengals at fullback, had nine receptions for 152 yards for Team Owens.
As the only professional flag football league of its kind in the US, the AFFL will commence in 2018 with the first full season. Tuesday's Launch Game provided a glimpse of what the future holds with standardized rules for players and fans as well as technological advancements like the first-ever, sensor-enabled patented e-flag for accurate officiating.