Chad Johnson goes Street

Frequently fined flashy Bengals wideout catches cover of EA's NFL Street 3; game set for November 14 release on PS2, PSP.


Chad Johnson gets his message across.
Chad Johnson gets his message across.

When picking a cover athlete for a game, it's important to make sure the pro's attitude matches the style and feel of the game he or she is a candidate to represent. For example, a superstar like Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson may not be the most marketable player.

Johnson's ego could fill a stadium alone. He's been known to send bottles of Pepto-Bismol to the defensive players of teams he's about to face, he's held up signs that read "NFL, please don't fine me again" for cameras on a nationally televised game (the NFL fined him), and in touchdown celebrations, he's pretended to putt the football with a pylon, done an Irish jig, and proposed to a cheerleader. Not exactly the squeaky-clean image company brass typically look for.

Thankfully, there's a game like NFL Street 3. Today, Electronic Arts announced that Johnson will bring his flashy attitude to the cover of the street football game. NFL Street 3 will be released on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 on November 14.

"This is a big honor to be selected for the cover for NFL Street 3 since street football was the first step to learning our moves for our pro careers," said Johnson. "I've always been known to have style when I play, but now I can show how stylin' I am in NFL Street 3."

Johnson has moves to back up his flair. The receiver has been instrumental in the rebirth of the Bengals from league laughing stock to Super Bowl contenders. Johnson led the AFC in receptions and receiving yards last year and was named to his third straight Pro Bowl team.

NFL Street 3 has not yet been rated or priced. For more information on the game, check GameSpot's previous coverage.

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