Former Bengals star to return to football field in Cincinnati this summer
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Former Bengals standout wide receiver Chad Johnson will be returning to Cincinnati this summer to play football in the American Flag Football League's 2018 U.S. Open of Football Tournament.
The tournament is a 132-team, single-elimination format that will ultimately pit a team of elite former professionals against a team that has conquered a 128-team open national bracket.
Johnson is the captain of one of the four pro teams, while the other three teams are anticipated to be led by:
- Michael Vick
- Basketball duo Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer
- Justin Forsett and Olympic Champion Michael Johnson
Cincinnati is the site of semifinal games that will be played on July 8.
The eventual winning team will earn $1 million and teams are paid throughout the tournament based on their wins.
Anyone in the country can apply for the chance to compete, but the deadline is March 8.
Interested applicants can apply to play in the USOF here. Those selected will play in America’s Bracket which consists of 128 teams. Visit www.americanflag.football for all application requirements, game rules and more information.
Johnson played in the inaugural game the AFFL held last year, and click here to read about it and see highlights.
The US Open of Football’s full schedule can be found below:
ROUNDS 1 & 2 (128 America’s Bracket teams with 16 teams in each location)
- March 17-18: Location #1 - Austin, Texas
- April 7-8: Location #2 - Irvine, Calif.
- April 14-15: Location #3 - Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
- April 21-22: Location #4 - Canton, Ohio
- April 28-29: Location #5 - Richmond, Va.
- May 5-6: Location #6 – Atlanta, Georgia
- May 12-13: Location #7 - NY Metro Area
ROUNDS 3 & 4 (32 teams)
- May 19-20: Washington D.C.
ROUND 5 America’s Quarterfinals: (8 teams)
- June 29-30: Pittsburgh (tentative)
ROUND 6 (America’s and Pros’ Semifinals: Each Doubleheader features a Semifinal game of Pro Teams)
- July 7: Atlanta
- July 8: Cincinnati
ROUND 7 (Dual Finals)
- July 14: Kansas City, Kansas
ROUND 8 Winner-take-all Ultimate Final for $1Million)
- July 19: Houston, Texas
AMERICA’S BRACKET TEAM PAYOUTS
- Rounds 1-3: $5,000 per win
- Round 4: $10,000
- Quarterfinals: $15,000
- Semifinals: $25,000
- America’s Final: $50,000
- Ultimate Final: $1,000,000
NFL Network will broadcast 11 live AFFL games and distribute highlights from the Tournament.
The broadcasts are currently scheduled for the following dates:
- June 29: America’s Bracket Quarterfinals – 2 games
- June 30: America’s Bracket Quarterfinals – 2 games
- July 7: America’s and Pros’ Bracket Semifinals – 2 games
- July 8: America’s and Pros’ Bracket Semifinals – 2 games
- July 14: America’s and Pros’ Bracket Finals – 2 games
- July 19: Ultimate Final between winner of America’s and Pro’s Bracket – 1 game